Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service News

From January 13,  2020, the new FedEx Australia eDeclaration Service will offer two facilities – Online Access plus the option to subscribe to email notifications.

Online Access
FedEx is now moving to online access to your Import Declaration. With online access, your document will be available overnight to view and download through our website. In February 2020, this user and environmentally friendly facility will replace receiving the document via the post.

Optional additional email notification
In addition to the online access, a fast and easy way to receive your Australian Import Declarations is by email. If you subscribe to email notifications, then once your shipment clears Australian Border Force, FedEx will email you the Import Declaration document for your records.

Sign up for these new, user friendly online options to unlock efficiencies at https://www.fedex.com/en-au/customs-tools/clearance.html  or contact customer service on 13 26 10 or via email aucsr@fedex.com

We are delighted to inform you that effective January 31, 2020, FedEx and TNT will enhance their Trans-Tasman lane service, connecting New Zealand-Australia-New Zealand between Auckland and Sydney, 5 times a week. A B737-300F will fly Auckland-Sydney-Auckland providing improved transit times and feature of service vs. our competitors. This freighter will offer dedicated cargo capacity and connect a key trade lane moving FedEx and TNT Australia freight to New Zealand (bi-directionally) and provide scalability for worldwide New Zealand retail freight growth.  Heavyweight service capability will be improved as there will be no dimensional restrictions currently posed by Commercial Line Haul.  Capability to handle Dangerous Goods and the activation of International Economy Distribution (IED) service will launch later, in April 2020, as part of the Trans-Tasman service improvement.  There will be opportunity for worldwide retail freight growth to/from New Zealand by leveraging the FedEx flight: Singapore-Sydney-Guangzhou. For more details about this improvement and the FedEx range of services, please call our Customer Service Team at 13 26 10.

We expect a surge in shipping volume before the Chinese New Year holiday. When planning your shipment, please note that the transit time for FedEx outbound shipments from China, Hong Kong SAR and South Korea will be temporarily extended, as per the table below.

Origins

Destinations

Affected Services

Additional transit time (working days)

Pickup Date*

China
(All gateways)

 

 

USA, Canada, Latin America

International Priority (IP)
International Priority Freight (IPF)

1

Jan 14 – Jan 24, 2020

International Economy (IE)
International Economy Freight (IEF)

4

Europe,

Middle East,

Indian Subcontinent and Africa

IE/IEF

3

Jan 16 – Jan 24, 2020

Asia

IE/IEF

1

Jan 14 – Jan 24, 2020

Hong Kong SAR

USA, Canada, Latin America

IP/IPF

1

Jan 16 – Jan 25, 2020

IE/IEF

2

South Korea

Asia

IE/IEF

1

Jan 15 – Jan 20, 2020

* If the shipment is picked up after the cut-off time, the pickup date will be the next day.

If you have further questions about the holiday service extension, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

FedEx International Economy DirectDistribution (IED) is a delivery service of bulk shipments from one origin location to multiple addresses at competitive rates. Shipment clears customs as a single unit and then individual pieces are delivered to multiple addresses, bypassing warehouses and middlemen.

We are pleased to announce that effective November 4, 2019, International Economy DirectDistribution (IED) service will be provided for shipments to and from the following markets: 

• To and from Japan and China 

• From Korea to Japan 

• From China to Korea

• From Hong Kong SAR to Australia 

• From Singapore to Australia 

• From Singapore to Japan 

With the new service launch, based on business requirements, customers can now choose either priority or economy distribution services for these lanes.

The UK Parliament has been granted a further extension until January 31, 2020 to the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU).

What does this mean?

The UK was scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm on October 31, 2019. However, a further extension to Article 50 has now been agreed. This extension will last until January 31, 2020, unless a Brexit deal is ratified with an earlier exit date.

For the duration of the extension, the UK will remain within the EU Single Market and your import and export procedures from/to the UK will remain unchanged.

What happens next?

Until a Withdrawal Agreement is passed by the UK Parliament, the legal default position for the UK remains exiting the EU without a deal at the end of the extension period.

While the process of determining how the UK leaves the EU continues, we will be following the Brexit developments closely, assessing impacts and making necessary arrangements to help you implement any new processes and regulations. Find out more from our Brexit toolkit.

Shipping Regulatory Update

As of 1 December 2019, new low-value goods rules will commence. Overseas businesses that sell low-value goods to consumers in New Zealand may need to register for, collect and return a Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15% on goods where money is paid or an invoice is issued on or after 1 December 2019.

The new regulations apply to goods with a customs value of NZ$1,000 or less and will require overseas businesses, including online marketplaces and merchants that sell direct and re-deliverers, to register an account for GST on sales to New Zealand customers. The customs value of NZ$1,000 excludes transport and insurance costs when determining if GST needs to be charged.

All consignments valued at NZ$1,000 or less can be cleared on an Inward Cargo Report (ICR), a Simplified Import Declaration (SID) or a standard Import Declaration. There is no change to the current processing of goods valued at more than NZ$1,000 – the standard GST and duty calculation will be applied.

The new low-value goods rules are similar to the low-value goods regulations already in place in Australia.
For further information on new GST rules in New Zealand, please visit Customs Service.

The China Custom imposed a new regulation that biological commodities, such as microorganisms, human tissues, biological products and blood, are prohibited from transiting China on road effective from November 21, 2019. Due to the network change triggered by the new regulation, restricted commodities on the list shipped to and from Hong Kong require additional transit time.

  • The restricted commodities imported to Hong Kong will need 1-4 additional days of transit time subject to origin.
  • The restricted commodities exported from Hong Kong will need 1 additional day of transit time.
  • List of restricted commodities:
Restricted commodities
ACTINOMYCETES ENZYME MICROORGANISM
ANTIBODY  ENZYME TOXIN MYCOPLASMA
ANTITOXIN EXCRETION NUCLEIC ACID
BACTERIAL FUNGUS PARASITE
BIOLOGICAL ACTIVE PREPARATION HUMAN CELL PLASMA
BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS HUMAN ORGAN PLASMA PROTEIN PRODUCT
BLOOD HUMAN TISSUE RICKETTSIA BACTERIA
CHLAMYDIA IMMUNOMODULATOR SALIVA
CYTOKINE MARROW SECRETION
DIAGNOSTIC REAGENT MICROBIAL AGENTS SPIRAL BACTERIA
DNA MICROBIAL BACTERIA URINE
EMBRYO MICROECOLOGICAL PREPARATION VACCINE
    VIRUS

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a notice on an increase in Section 301 tariffs on US $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 percent to 25 percent as of 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on May 10, 2019.

The impacted categories of goods can be found from the link below: https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2018-Oct/Section301_HTSUS_Ref-Guide_Oct2-2018.pdf

On May 13, China announced its decision to raise the tariff rate imposed on some imported U.S. products as of June 1, 2019. China had earlier imposed additional tariffs on US $60 billion worth of U.S. imports. The additional tariff rates on some products will be increased to 25 percent, 20 percent, and 10 percent. Those commodities with a 5 percent tariff rate will remain 5 percent.

The impacted categories of goods can be viewed on the below link (For your reference): http://gss.mof.gov.cn/zhengwuxinxi/zhengcefabu/201905/t20190513_3256788.html

There is no change on the shipping process and documents required. However, if you need further assistance, please contact your Sales Representative, call our Customer Service Hotline at 13.26.10

From 1 July 2018, the Australian Government will introduce a 10% goods and services tax (GST) on the sale of goods valued at AUD1,000 or less, which have been imported into Australia by consumers.

Overseas merchants with annual sales into Australia of AUD75,000 or more will be required to comply with this new legislation. For details please go to the Australian Tax Office website or send an email to AustraliaGST@ato.gov.au.

This new legislation also requires merchants to provide relevant tax information to the transporter of low value goods. FedEx will collect this information electronically via its FedEx shipping software programs. Please click here for the shipping guide on low value goods to Australia.

Online Fraud Alert

We have received reports of fraudulent emails claiming to come from BillingOnline@fedex.com. These messages have a vague subject referencing an invoice (e.g. “Your FedEx invoice is ready to be paid now,” “Please pay your outstanding FedEx invoice,” “New FedEx Invoice,” “Your FedEx invoice is ready,” “Pay your FedEx invoice online”).

If you receive a message matching this description do not open the email or enter any personal information. Delete the email immediately.

FedEx does not send unsolicited emails to customers requesting information regarding packages, invoices, account numbers, passwords or personal information.

Go to our FedEx Customer Protection Center to learn more about protecting yourself online. By following a few simple tips, you can make your online experience safer and more secure.

For more information on other fraudulent emails, you can visit our U.S. website by clicking here.

It has come to our attention that a fraudulent e-mail with unauthorized use of the FedEx name has been circulating to our customers. The e-mail claims that a FedEx shipment could not be delivered and asks the customers to open an attachment, print it out and take it to a FedEx facility to pick up the package.

Customers need to be aware that this is a fraudulent request and that this e-mail attachment contains a virus. If you have received one of these fraudulent e-mails, do not open the attachment, but delete the email immediately.

FedEx does not request payment or personal information in return for goods in transit or in FedEx custody via unsolicited mail or e-mail.

If you have received a fraudulent e-mail that claims to be from FedEx and have experienced resulting financial loss, contact your banking institution immediately through the appropriate channels.

*FedEx is not responsible for any charges or costs incurred as a result of unauthorized or fraudulent activity that abuses the FedEx name, service marks and logos.

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