UPS offers electronic customs-clearance for airfreight

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UPS is extending to air freight customers the capability to clear customs in more than 90 countries electronically.

Up till now this has only been available to small package shippers.

The UPS Paperless Invoice service is free of charge and integrates order processing, shipment preparation and commercial invoice data. It then transmits that data in advance of the shipment to customs offices across the globe, eliminating the problems that accompany paper documentation.

Because information is stored electronically, customers reduce their chance of making manual errors filling out customs documentation. The tech-enabled service also eliminates the possibility of submitting incomplete paperwork, the main cause of delay for international deliveries.

The new capability to electronically process air freight shipments currently is available through UPS Internet Shipping and UPS CampusShip software. It will be available through UPS WorldShip in January.

“We are committed to making international shipping as simple as possible for our customers around the world,” said Scott Aubuchon, director of international air freight marketing for UPS. “Our expanded services enable more of our customers to streamline and expedite the customs process while cutting costs and saving time.”

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