Hellmann automates customs compliance

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Freight forwarder Hellmann Worldwide Logistics has implemented Kewill Customs in readiness for the compulsory electronic export legislation that has just come into force.

The legislation means that customs authorities have stopped accepting Single Administration Documents, required by customs for the declaration of imports from, and exports to non-EU countries, and goods transiting the EU, in paper format, and that the Automated Export System (AES) is now mandatory.

The Kewill system features standardised interfaces, which means data only needs to be input once. 

Hellmann’s customs and compliance manager, Hans Peter Grage, said, “In addition, the electronic system clearly defines all processes. A preliminary check can correct many data input errors.

“This means that the speed at which applications can be submitted is unbeatable. Unlike with paper submissions, there is no risk that electronic declarations can be misplaced by customs officials.

“While it’s true that the process is now less personal, the fact that employees no longer have to travel to the customs authorities also means they have more time to focus on other tasks.”

The AES regulations are part of the European Committee’s plans to achieve a paperless customs clearance process throughout Europe.  Hellmann has rolled out a training programme for its employees across 17 of its offices in Germany on the new system.

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