3 benefits of having better control over your cold chain customs clearance

Over the past two years, supply chains have faced several challenges that have demonstrated the need for agile and resilient logistics system that facilitates quick action when circumstances change.

This includes strong control over their customs clearance processes end to end – helping avoid the ripple effect across supply chains that customs disruptions can cause. With better control over the essential customs processes, huge potential and benefits are realised – fewer costs, more peace of mind, and a better delivery experience for customers expecting their products to arrive on time and in perfect condition. Essentially, true control over your customs provides an important competitive edge – derived from the following three crucial wins.

Cost optimisation

1. Cost optimisation

Good control over your customs clearance increases opportunities to reduce both direct, indirect and even hidden customs costs. You’ll also reduce the risk of paying unnecessarily high fees with a more holistic approach to the customs process. Furthermore, better conditions are created to streamline both information flows and work processes – reducing operational costs.

Ensuring that the right information is in the right place at the right time also increases the possibilities of optimising the lead times in goods flows, while at the same time reducing the risks of unplanned delays. These factors together contribute to reducing transport and production costs.

Strengthened customs  compliance

2. Strengthened customs compliance

With increasing complexity, additional flows and everchanging trading conditions, data is even more key to ensuring customs compliance. With a centralised customs process, data can be stored and managed securely – even when complexity increases. Inadequate compliance can also lead to sanctions with long-term implications, such as cost inefficiencies and a damaged reputation amongst customers and suppliers. When data is handled correctly, however, you have the tools to overcome these obstacles, keep costs to a minimum and deliver on time.

Supply chain resilience

3. Supply chain resilience

Improved monitoring and analysis of a company’s customs handling increase predictability and provide the agility to manoeuvre when something unexpected happens. This control strengthens the resilience of the supply chain and contributes to more reliable, costefficient product flows and lower production costs. In addition, good control contributes to a company’s abilities to better meet customers’ delivery needs even in strained situations. It not only increases the opportunities for continued good business with existing customers, but also the opportunities to expand your customer base. A lack of control can instead lead to the opposite, where missed sales can – in the worst case – be significantly more costly than the efforts that may be required to ensure compliance.

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