DHL Freight has introduced a new automated customs solution for non-EU companies selling their products in the European market.
They have partnered with a customs provider, Gerlach, who will handle the entire customs process on their behalf, meaning that customers are able to receive their goods at home rather than having to make a trip to the customs office. Services provided by Gerlach include the filing of import declarations, payment of VAT and import duties, and the supplying of customer guarantees.
Previously customs procedure meant that non-EU sellers needed a physical presence in the country of import, requiring businesses to build an infrastructure of some kind in their target country.
According to Marc Bernitt, Global Head of Customs at DHL Freight, not only does the partnership with Gerlach remove this need, but it also capitalises on certain tax and duty regimes that are designed to facilitate bulk clearances within the EU.
The new service is currently available for shipments entering Europe via the Netherlands.
(Source: Post & Parcel)