Posted on May 31, 2018
Threshold Amount Increase for Delivery before the Payment of Duties and Taxes for Inbound Shipments to South Korea
In order to expedite customs clearance and delivery of shipments, FedEx delivers inbound shipments to South Korea before the payment of duties and taxes (D&T). This is applicable if D&T are within a pre-determined threshold and shipments are destined to importers in South Korea with a valid FedEx account number, who declared the shipment using their business customs clearance code. Customers must pay the D&T to Customs directly within 15 days of declaration approval. If payment is not made by the due date, FedEx will pay on behalf of customers and a surcharge based on a flat rate or percentage of the total payment made will be imposed.
Starting from June 1, 2018, the maximum D&T threshold amount for an inbound shipment will increase from KRW 1,500,000 to KRW 4,000,000 per air waybill. This enhancement is part of our efforts to provide customers with expedited delivery of shipments.
For the new threshold to apply, the FedEx account number of the recipient must be included in the “Payment - Bill duties and taxes to Recipient” section on the air waybill of the shipment. If the FedEx account of the recipient is not stated on the air waybill, the current threshold of KRW 1,500,000 will apply.
If you have any inquiries, please contact our customer service team.
Posted on June 22, 2017
Credit Card Payments are Now Convenient, Fast and Secure
From June 22, 2017, FedEx customers can make credit card payments for their shipping charges easily, quickly and securely with just one phone call.
There is no paperwork required. The transaction will be completed using the secure Electronic Payment Application. Customers simply need to call our Customer Service team to get started.
For more information, please contact your local Customer Service team.
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Shipping Power Banks with FedEx
Posted on December 30, 2016
Effective January 1, 2017, shipments containing Power Banks must be classified as batteries, assigned as UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, where applicable, and prepared in accordance with the “2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document” published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
“Power Banks" are portable devices containing a lithium battery or batteries with a circuit to control the power flow. They are designed to be able to charge consumer devices such as mobile phones and tablets.
Power Banks must therefore be tendered as fully regulated Section IA or IB UN 3480 lithium ion batteries or UN 3090 lithium metal batteries, whichever is applicable, for transport in the FedEx system. All UN 3090 Power Banks are subject to the FedEx pre-approval process.
For your reference, the following are examples of common types of Power Banks:
- Universal Power Bank. This comes in many sizes and configurations, which can be tailored to the needs of the user and device. This item typically has a Mini or Micro-USB socket for charging and full-sized USB sockets for discharging.
- Solar-Charged Power Bank. This has photovoltaic panels, which can trickle-charge the internal battery when placed in sunlight.
- Battery Phone Case. While this older style can be handy, it has very narrow device compatibility.
Please refer to the 2017 IATA Lithium Battery Guidance Document for further information as to how these devices must be classified and prepared for air transport.
Should you have any questions, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service team and ask to speak with a Dangerous Goods specialist.
FedEx Express Policy Change on Lithium Battery Shipments (Effective January 1, 2017) (Updated)
Posted on December 21, 2016
New FedEx Express operator variations will come into effect as of January 1, 2017. These operator variations will impact all FedEx Express shipments containing stand-alone lithium metal batteries Section II (categorized as UN 3090) or stand-alone lithium ion batteries Section II (categorized as UN 3480).
Effective January 1, 2017, FedEx Express will no longer accept UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries that have been prepared as IATA Section II shipments. Instead, shipments containing UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries must be offered as fully regulated IATA Section I shipments (either IA or IB)*. Please note that UN 3090 and UN 3480 lithium batteries Section IA/IB are fully regulated Class 9 Dangerous Goods and are classified as Inaccessible Dangerous Goods (IDG).
Please plan to make changes on how you classify, identify, package, mark, label, and document your lithium battery shipments.
What labels and marks are required for a lithium battery package?
Shipments containing UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries Section IA/IB will require IATA-compliant markings and labeling, including:
a "Class 9" label;
a "Cargo Aircraft Only" label; and,
an IATA Lithium Battery Mark or Handling Label (Required for Section IB shipments only).
When the mark/label is required, customers have the choice of using either the Lithium Battery Mark (Figure 7.1.C in the 58th edition of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations), which goes into effect on January 1, 2017, or the existing Lithium Battery Handling Label (Figure 7.4.H in the 58th edition of IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations), which can continue to be used until December 31, 2018. As of January 1, 2019, only the Lithium Battery Mark can be used.
Please note that the UN number must be placed on the IATA Lithium Battery Mark (IATA Figure 7.1.C), whereas the UN number should be placed on the package adjacent to Lithium Battery Handling Label (IATA Figure 7.4.H). The process of placing the UN number adjacent to the Lithium Battery Label (IATA Figure 7.4.H) will be a mandatory requirement of FedEx as of July 1, 2017, as per FedEx variation ‘FX-05’ to the IATA DG Regulations 58th edition.
Which FedEx Express services can I use for UN 3090 and UN 3480 shipments?
You will be able to use all FedEx Express service options that allow Inaccessible Dangerous Goods (IDG) shipments*, and an IDG surcharge will apply. This information is available at: www.fedex.com/dangerousgoods.
What if I’m pre-approved for the UN 3090 Section II list?
Customers who ship lithium metal batteries (UN3090) with FedEx must be pre-approved by FedEx Express to comply with the FedEx operator variations in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations. Customers who are currently pre-approved by FedEx on the UN 3090 Section II list will automatically be placed on the UN 3090 Section I pre-approved list*.
What’s different about Dangerous Goods training for staff?
Depending on your staff’s current Dangerous Goods certification, additional training may be required. Staff handling shipments with UN 3090 or UN 3480 lithium batteries will need full Dangerous Goods training.
When can I see the new IATA lithium battery policy?
IATA published its new lithium battery policy in its Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual on October 12, 2016. You may purchase it directly from IATA at www.iata.org.
What if my lithium batteries are UN 3091 or UN 3481 (lithium metal/ion batteries contained in or packed with equipment)?
The new policy changes will not impact UN 3091 or UN 3481 (lithium metal/ion batteries contained in or packed with equipment).
Should you have any questions, please contact your local Customer Service team and ask to speak with a Dangerous Goods specialist.
*Note: Acceptable to/from FedEx Dangerous Goods locations where UN 3090/UN 3480 is not prohibited.
Unacceptance of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 shipment
Posted on October 14, 2016
We are committed to the safe transport of shipments in our networks. With Samsung discontinuing sales of its replacement Galaxy Note7 smartphones, FedEx has taken additional steps to ensure our priority on safety. FedEx Express is no longer accepting any Galaxy Note7 smartphones including those from authorized distributors under any circumstances.
Contact Details of Shipment Recipient Important for Customs Clearance
To avoid unnecessary customs clearance delay, we encourage all customers (e.g. recipients of online purchases) to provide their contact details like telephone number and email address in each shipment’s documentation (e.g. on the Air Waybill) so that FedEx can make the necessary contact to smoothly clear shipments through Customs every time.
Effective 12 February 2016, FedEx’s free-of-charge Customs Delay Notification (CDN) Service will no longer post a letter to shipment recipients without air waybill-documented telephone or email address in an effort to seek additional information for customs clearance. Instead, FedEx will utilize publicly available information, through resources such as Google and White Pages, to contact shipment recipients either by telephone or email, to speed up customs clearance and ensure shipments are delivered on time.
Starting April 4, 2016, 5-digit postal codes are required for all shipments to and from Korea
The Korea Postal code system changed from a 6-digit postal code system to a 5-digit postal code system on August 1, 2015. While FedEx internally converted its system to the 5-digit postal code, customers were asked to continue use of the old 6-digit system for shipments to and from Korea. FedEx would then convert the 6-digit postal codes to the 5-digit postal codes to facilitate smooth customs clearance.
The FedEx internal system is now calibrated for the 5-digit postal code, and starting April 4, 2016, the FedEx system will only accept 5-digit postal codes on shipping documents for all shipments to and from Korea and in all FedEx shipping tools, including ‘Get Rates & Transit Times’ and ‘Schedule and Manage Pickups’ on fedex.com. On and after April 4, 2016, the old 6-digit postal code will not be accepted by the FedEx system.
In order to facilitate a smooth transition to the 5-digit postal code, it is advised that users of FedEx automation tools, including ‘FedEx Ship Manager software’ and ‘FedEx Ship Manager at fedex.com’, update the postal codes in their address book from the 6-digit to the 5-digit postal code starting April 4, 2016. Please click here for the user guide. If you have a large number of Korea address records and want to update them before the FedEx system accepts the 5-digit postal code, please contact your local FedEx Technical Support Helpdesk for assistance.
To find the 5-digit postal code based on the road name address or land-lot number address, please visit Korea e-Post site and search under the Postal Code Finder.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions, please contact your FedEx account executive or local customer service team.
Lithium Battery Shipment Restrictions (Updated)
FedEx will no longer accept stand-alone lithium-ion batteries (categorized as UN3480, P.I. 965) or stand-alone lithium-metal batteries (categorized as UN3090 P.I. 968) from world-wide origins to Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Maldives, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Laos and Fiji.
Additionally, destinations or origins where FedEx is able to accept stand-alone lithium-ion or stand-alone lithium-metal battery shipments may have certain restrictions. For details, please contact your local Customer Service team.
These restrictions generally do not apply to lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries (section II) packed with equipment or contained in equipment.
Further information on shipping lithium batteries can be found here.
FedEx International First® (FIF) Service Expands
FedEx Express has expanded coverage of its early delivery, time-definite service, FedEx International First (FIF). FIF for exports is now available from more countries in Asia Pacific (APAC) to worldwide destinations:
- Seven new APAC countries - China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are now able to export shipments via FIF to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
- Export shipments via FIF from select APAC countries are now available to more destinations in other regions including Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Austria, Belgium Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
- Import shipments via FIF service to existing APAC destinations are available from more Latin America countries including Bolivia, Belize, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Paraguay, Suriname, El Salvador; and Colombia.
For more information about FIF service and coverage, please click here.
Launch of FedEx Customized Freight (FCF) in Australia
FedEx Customized Freight features the global network power of FedEx Express with the customized solutions of FedEx Custom Critical.
With FedEx Customized Freight you receive the extra care you need for your high-valued,temperature-sensitive or time-critical shipments, including;
- Personalized service for every shipment
- Enhanced security measures for peace of mind
- Customized routing for earlier deliveries
- Temperature-Control Solutions
FedEx Customized Freight also comes with single invoice billing.
If you would like further information please contact your FedEx Account Executive or Customer Service Team.
Transit time improvement for import shipments to western Japan
Effective August 4, 2014, the transit time for import shipments to Osaka and Hyogo prefectures will be reduced.
Inbound FedEx International Priority (IP), FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF), FedEx International Economy (IE) and FedEx International Economy Freight (IEF) shipments from the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and African regions will be reduced by one business day.
The transit time for FedEx International Priority (IP) and FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF) services from North American and Latin American regions will be reduced from the current 18:00 to 12:00 (noon) the next business day after the shipment’s arrival and customs clearance.
Improved services apply to the following areas:
From the Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and African regions to:
- Ibaraki, Minoo, Settsu, Suita, Takatsuki, and Toyonaka cities, and Mishima gun, Shimamoto-cho
- Kobe city: Chuo, Hyogo, Nada, and Nagata-ku
- Ashiya, Itami, and Nishinomiya cities
From the North and Latin American regions to:
- Osaka city: All 24 wards
- Daito, Kadoma, Higashiosaka, Minoo, Moriguchi, Suita, and Yao cities
- Amagasaki city
FedEx Expands Healthcare Shipping Portfolio with New Cold Shipping Package Option
FedEx has expanded its temperature controlled packaging (TCP) portfolio to include a new “cold shipping” packaging option for customers that require a refrigerated environment of 2-8° Celsius up to 96 hours for their shipments.
The new packaging is currently available in 13 markets across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, and will be of particular benefit to the healthcare industry, as it is easy to use, reliable, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.
The patented system, built by NanoCool, achieves a temperature of 2-8°C in less than five minutes without the use of gel packs or dry ice. The packaging device maintains its exacting “cold ship” temperature requirements with a special cooling system that evaporates water over time, a process that is activated by merely pushing the button inside the box.
FedEx not only delivers a reliable, cost-effective method to transport temperature-sensitive shipments, it provides these services with easy use for customers. The convenient benefits of the system include:
- Reliable maintenance of a 2-8°C environment for up to 96 hours from activation without gel packs or dry ice
- Simple, easy-to-use product with no refrigeration, frozen preparation or “pre-conditioning” steps required
- Smaller, lighter packaging that weighs less than half of some gel-pack systems
- No complex assembly needed; the package arrives ready for use
- Packaging that’s easier to dispose of than gel packs and produces less packaging waste
- Regulatory compliance for both infectious substances (UN3373 only) and non-infectious clinical samples
The packaging, which can also be used in combination with FedEx Priority Alert™ services, is part of the broad portfolio of FedEx healthcare solutions designed to meet even the most sensitive shipping needs of FedEx customers.
If you wish to learn more please contact your FedEx Account Executive or our dedicated Customer Service Team.
FedEx Launches Award-winning SenseAware® Service for Sensitive Shipments in Asia Pacific
SenseAware® powered by FedEx, an innovative web-based application linked to a multi- sensor device that enables customers to stay connected to their most sensitive shipments, is now available in selected APAC markets in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Developed by the FedEx innovation team, SenseAware® powered by FedEx gives customers a new level of visibility and connectivity to critical and sensitive shipments. It provides access to the vital statistics of a shipment while it is in transit in near real-time and also enables sharing of that information with business partners.
The SenseAware® powered by FedEx service can provide:
• Precise temperature readings
• A shipment’s exact location
• An alert if a shipment is opened or if the contents have been exposed to light
• Real-time data regarding the vital signs of a shipment which can be shared with trusted parties
Initially designed to meet the needs of the life science, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and healthcare industries, SenseAware® powered by FedEx can monitor items that are:
• Unique or rare — such as samples from clinical trials.
• Temperature sensitive — such as pharmaceuticals.
• Light sensitive — such as biological specimens.
• Time critical or location critical — such as surgical kits.
• Highly controlled or regulated — such as materials requiring chain-of-custody certification.
• Bio-hazardous or dangerous — such as bacteria and viruses.
• Highly valuable — such as medical equipment.
Initially available for shipments only in the U.S., SenseAware® can now help customers monitor shipments and inventory in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong. SenseAware® is also targeting further international expansion.
SenseAware® powered by FedEx is unique to FedEx and it is the only device and service that lets shippers know and monitor the current location, temperature, light exposure, humidity, and barometric pressure of their shipments.
If you wish to learn more please click here or contact your FedEx Account Executive or Customer Service Team on 13 26 10.
Packaging Tips for Lithium Battery Shipments
At FedEx, we understand the importance of ensuring the safe transport of your shipment. Lithium battery shipments or shipments with items that contain lithium batteries may overheat and ignite in certain conditions and, once ignited, maybe difficult to extinguish. Therefore, we would like to remind you of the regulations and correct handling procedures to ensure the safety of your packages and those who handle the shipment.
FedEx strictly adheres to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations. As such, FedEx has compiled a set of guidelines that govern packing, marking and labeling of shipments of lithium batteries and items that contain charged batteries.
Shipments containing lithium batteries must follow the specific packaging guidelines below:
- Batteries are to be packed individually.
- Batteries must be shielded and protected to prevent short circuits.
- Batteries are completely enclosed.
- Items for shipment must be placed in a sturdy outer container.
- Labeling and documentation needs to be checked for accuracy.
- Packaging must meet the requirements of each test in the UN Manual of Tests and Criteria, Part III, subsection 38.3. Please refer to the following link to get the latest update of such requirements. http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/trans/danger/publi/manual/Rev5_Amend1/ST-SG-AC10-11-Rev5-Amend1e.pdf.
In addition, as lithium batteries, both lithium ion and lithium metal, are fully regulated dangerous goods, it is important that the shipment is correctly identified, classified, packaged, marked and labeled. A Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods must also be completed and signed by a trained shipper.
FedEx will not accept shipments of any electronic product that includes recalled or defective lithium batteries, such as laptop computers.
To view detailed packaging guidelines and FedEx best practices for shipping lithium batteries, please click here.
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Paperless Statement of Account
Posted on October 27, 2016
As part of our ongoing service improvement efforts, customers in Australia and New Zealand will receive their Statement of Accounts (SOA) via email with effect from November 1, 2016.
You will benefit by:
- Receiving your SOA more securely and faster
- Having more time to review outstanding payments
- Being able to store it on your desktop PC or view it from your mobile device.
For any inquiries, please contact the FedEx Customer Service team.
Winners of FedEx Ship to Europe and Win Lucky Draw Promotion
Posted on September 30, 2016
FedEx congratulates the following winners of our recent “SHIP TO EUROPE AND WIN” Promotion:
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|Dianne Correll of Light pass, AU 5355||Fitbit Charge HR Activity|
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Authorized under NSW permit number LTPS/15/05342. Promoter is Federal Express (Australia) Pty Ltd, ABN 35 003 100 052, of registered address: 2 Military Road, Matraville, NSW, 2036, Australia.
FedEx launches dedicated helpdesk to answer customer queries on Tariff Concession Orders
Posted on June 06, 2016
As a value-added service, FedEx is pleased to announce the launch of a dedicated “Tariff Concession Order” helpdesk to answer customer queries.
The Tariff Concession System (TCS), managed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, allows duty-free entry for certain imported goods where there is no local industry that produces those goods.
A Tariff Concession Order (TCO) will be granted on imported goods if no substitutable goods are manufactured in Australia. Once a TCO has been granted it is available for all other importers as well as the original TCO applicant (subject to eligibility).
Simply click here to view a list of the current approved TCO’s.
If you believe that any of your imported goods may be subject to a reduced rate of duty through the Tariff Concession System, please contact our dedicated TCO helpdesk at email@example.com.
Relocation of FedEx Express Facilities in Sydney and Perth
Posted on June 03, 2016
FedEx facilities in Sydney & Perth will relocate from their current premises in June 2016. On 13June, our Perth facility will relocate to 9 Searle Road, Perth Airport, while our Australasia headquarters in Alexandria, Sydney, will move to 2 Military Road, Matraville, Sydney on 27 June.
It is important to note that FedEx Ship Centers at our current Belmont, Perth and Alexandria, Sydney locations will also relocate to our new premises on 13 and 27 June, respectively. After relocation, pick-up or drop-off of parcels will no longer be possible at the old locations. You may refer to fedex.com/au or our Customer Service team at 13 26 10 for your nearest drop-off location or to arrange a pick-up. For your convenience, our current PO Box address will remain unchanged in both Perth and Sydney.
Our new facilities will be almost double the size of our current locations, allowing us to boost capacity and enhance efficiency, ensuring we continue to deliver exceptional service and provide solutions to meet customer needs well into the future.