DHL Freight’s transparent solution
DHL Freight, one of the leading providers of road freight services in Europe, 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. Thanks to 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.
“With the global business environment constantly changing, many countries are becoming increasingly stringent when it comes to goods transportation across borders,” said Amadou Diallo, CEO 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.”
“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 capitalizes 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.”
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. An integrated inbound clearance procedure enables direct distribution of parcels and pallets to clients across Europe.