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.
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,” states 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.”
With its European network that includes 69 offices and 450 employees in eleven countries, Gerlach is fully equipped to handle these problems. When importing goods into the EU, typically all shipments are liable for duties and taxes. In addition, in order to be eligible for import activities, a non-EU seller needs an establishment within the European Union as a prerequisite for customs clearance.
The newly launched service is specifically designed to facilitate imports into the European Union for these shippers, who can now benefit from low value duty and tax threshold for bulk shipments and can provide their own customers with a clear cost structure from the very beginning.
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.