Feb 02, 2016: DHL Freight has introduced a new customs clearance service that makes shipping into the European Union for non-EU companies and their end-customers more convenient. As of now, the service is available for shipments coming into Europe via The Netherlands. With the automated inbound solution developed by Gerlach, DHL Freight's customs division, non-EU companies can now sell their products on the European market without having to build up their own infrastructure.
Consumers who make purchases online from companies that are based outside the European Union but use DHL Freight's new service, now get their goods delivered at home instead of having to pick them up at the customs office and pay import tax on-site. The solution has already been successfully implemented and is being used by shippers from Asia and the US. Consignments are being consolidated and shipped via air and ocean to DHL's gateway in The Netherlands.
"With the global business environment constantly changing, many countries are becoming increasingly stringent when it comes to goods transportation across borders," states Amadou Diallo, chief executive officer, DHL Freight. "To partner with a trusted customs provider, which is able to handle the entire customs processing is crucial for companies' success, particularly when it comes to tapping into markets where they do not have a physical presence."
When importing products into the EU from abroad, customs clearance and value added tax payments are often left with the final customer. This is very costly and inconvenient for the customer as they have little to no cost clarity in advance. In addition, they are troubled to pick-up their shipment at the nearest customs office.
"The new customs clearance solution not only reduces the burden for non-EU sellers, who until now needed a physical presence in a country to run import activities, it also capitalises on beneficial duty and VAT regimes at a minimum administrative level, all aimed at efficiently facilitating bulk clearances within the European Union," explains Marc Bernitt, Global head of customs at DHL Freight. "The product completes our service offering and will be available for multimodal transport services as well as a standalone solution."
With its European network that includes 69 offices and 450 employees in eleven countries, Gerlach is fully equipped to handle these problems. The solution is based only on a few prerequisites: Power of Attorney for Gerlach, VAT registration and seller's shipping data. Once in place and registered, entry data received from the non-EU seller could be automated and electronically filed with EU customs to provide for swift clearance at zero-duty level if requirements are met.