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DHL Helps Exporters Cut Through Trade Red Tape

DHL Helps Exporters Cut Through Trade Red Tape

New Zealand exporters now have access to a new technology system which will prevent potential bottlenecks created by international customs requirements. The software-based system will be launched this week by leading air freight company, DHL.

The unique application, named Trade Automation Service (TAS), is the first interactive online system of its type to offer access to trade and customs clearance information worldwide, whenever and wherever it is needed. Unlike any other product on the market, the comprehensive system provides instantaneous access to more than eight million trade rules and tariffs covering 50 countries or 80 per cent of the world’s trade.

According to DHL Express General Manager, Phil Rountree, TAS will provide its customers with unparalleled access to key information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“For many exporters, customs and tariff regulations can prove challenging with each market being governed by an individual set of rules and criteria. With the establishment of the TAS system, our clients are now able to ensure any shipment complies with international specifications before it even leaves the ground.”

Services provided by the system, including Landed Cost Calculator, Product Compliance and Restricted Party Screening, enable exporters to carry out anything from calculating and comparing charges and rules between two or more countries to generating the documentation necessary to ensure smooth customs clearance. Powered by Open Harbor, a leading provider of global trade management solutions, the online system is continuously updated with the latest data and information.

“As the world leader within the international air express industry, DHL is committed to removing any possible obstacles to the exporting process,” said Mr Rountree. “By helping ensure the accuracy of customs paperwork and landed cost estimates, TAS lets customers deliver their goods to markets with greater ease, efficiency and ultimately better profitability.”

Available in countries including Argentina, Hungary, Puerto Rico, as well as New Zealand, the application is easily accessed at

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