European parcel and pallet network Eurodis is introducing a new daily transport route from Germany into Croatia next month – as the former Yugoslavian Republic officially joins the European Union.
Becoming the 28th member of the EU on the 1st July, Croatia will no longer require shipments from other EU countries to pass through customs.
It will mean shipping parcels to the country will become cheaper and faster, without the prospect of delays as items await inspection by customs officers, Eurodis said.
The network, which is active across 34 European countries ferrying shipments ranging from 1kg parcels to 800kg pallets, is inspecting Croatia’s new EU membership to have a big impact on demand.
Carsten Siebe, managing director at Eurodis GmbH, said: “Companies like Eurodis, who are specialized in international transport will see a sharp increase in volumes.
“Supply chain will become cheaper and faster, mainly because there is no delay through custom clearance and customs duties will no longer apply.”
Croatia joins the European Union as its 28th member on 1st July
Other Eurodis members will be offering the new daily service into Croatia from next month, working with Croatian firm Overseas Express, which was founded in 1993, acquired by Austrian Post in 2003, and has been a member of the Eurodis network since 2010.
Overseas Express currently claims a 40% market share in Croatia’s parcel delivery industry.
Boris Brkovic, the Overseas Express CEO, said his company was expecting a sizable increase in international volumes as the border controls come down.
He said of his company’s Eurodis connections: “Based on this stable collaboration, a project team is already working on operational adjustments to ensure the best possible lead times in anticipation of increasing shipment volumes.”
UK Mail Group, the British member of Eurodis, said it is looking forward to providing its customers with easy delivery into Croatia from July.
Guy Buswell, the UK Mail chief executive, said: “International delivery is on the rise, we want to be able to offer our customers a streamlined delivery service. We’ve worked with Eurodis over a number of years and are a trusted partner of ours. We look forward to developing our relationship with our Croatian Partners and we’re sure to see a rise in international shipping due to the inception of Croatia joining the EU.”
Source: Post&Parcel/Eurodis/UK Mail