Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications

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In order to strengthen the quality supervision of both medical and non-medical commodity export, Ministry of Commerce of China, General Administration of Customs and State Administration for Market Regulation released Announcement No. 12 of 2020 on April 25, 2020 with immediate effect to reinforce the compliance.

China shippers must ensure all export shipments to be compliant with the latest regulation and paperwork requirements. You may get more information from the website of Ministry of Commerce of China (click here).

To ensure smooth customs export clearance from China, importers are strongly encouraged to check with their shippers in China that their export shipments of both medical and non-medical commodity export meet the regulations/guidelines imposed, prior to engaging in the export arrangement from China.

According to the China Customs declaration regulation update on General Administration of Customs Announcement No. 53 of 2020, select medical-related export items listed below under the following Customs Harmonized Codes (HS codes) are subjected to China inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) inspection of export commodities starting from April 10, 2020. This is to strengthen the quality supervision on select medical related item export from China.

No Commodity name HS code
1 Medical masks 6307900010
2 Medical protective clothing 6210103010
3926209000
3 Infrared thermometers 9025199010
4 Ventilators 9019200010
9019200090
5 Medical surgical cap 6505009900
6 Medical goggles 9004909000
7 Medical gloves 3926201100
3926201900
4015110000
4015190000
8 Medical shoe cover 6307900090
3926909090
4016999090
9 The patient monitor 9018193010
10 Medical disinfection towel 3005901000
3005909000
11 Medical disinfectant 3808940010

To ensure smooth customs export clearance of these medical items from China, importers are strongly encouraged to check with their shippers in China that their export for these listed items meet the formal export declaration imposed by China Customs, prior to engaging in the export arrangement from China.

You can refer to the link below from General Administration of Customs P.R. China for more details, customs.gov.cn/customs/302249/302266/302267/2961602/index.html (available in simplified Chinese only).

The impact of COVID-19 is causing local, state, and national governments around the world to issue work and travel restrictions on a daily basis, which are impacting our ability to meet our high standards of service. 

As a result, we have made the decision to suspend our money-back guarantee (MBG) for all FedEx Express services, effective immediately until further notice.

Because FedEx is an essential transport service provider, we will continue operating as government restrictions and regulations allow, and we continue to execute contingency plans in an effort to provide outstanding service to our customers.

We recognize and appreciate the crucial role we play in the global supply chain and connecting the world during this critical time, and we remain focused on serving our customers and providing relief supplies to areas that need it most. 

Service News

FedEx strives to make your shipping experience as straightforward as possible. When organizing a shipment to Australia, it is important to provide the following mandatory details:

1. Shipper full name (first and last name as a minimum) and full delivery address

2. Consignee full name (first and last name as a minimum) and full delivery address

3. Telephone number or email address

4. Clear description of goods. No part numbers, generic descriptions or abbreviations. Weight also must be greater than zero

5. Value of the goods to reflect true market value and match the commercial invoice

You need to provide these details to ensure efficiency and to minimize processing delays. If you require support, please contact your Account Managers or our customer service team. 

Effective 15 October 2020, high-risk plant products from all countries are not permitted entry into Australia within mail articles (including FedEx and TNT shipments). Any shipments containing high-risk plant products arriving in Australia will be destroyed.

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is implementing these actions to address the risk of khapra beetle (Trogoderma granarium) on a range of plant products that are hosts of this pest. These urgent actions are being implemented in phases, please refer to the Departments website for further information regarding Kharpa beetle and high-risk plant products.

COVID-19 has disrupted supply chains, reducing air cargo capacity globally.  

This disruption has caused us to make adjustments to our networks which has increased our costs. As a result, we announced a 'Temporary Surcharge' on all FedEx Express and TNT international parcel and freight shipments beginning April 6, 2020.

Beginning November 2, 2020, the 'Temporary Surcharge' will be renamed as 'Peak Surcharge'.

From October 5, the transit time for FedEx Express and TNT shipments from worldwide to Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces in South Vietnam (via SGN gateway) will arrive one day faster. This is part of our on-going effort to enhance customer experience.

Origin Destination Services Day of Week PUP* Transit- time improvement
(business day)
Worldwide South Vietnam
(via SGN gateway)
All FedEx and
TNT Services
For every Monday-Friday starting October 5

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

Note: There may be additional transit time extensions and temporary service suspension experienced due to the current COVID-19 situation. Please find out more on fedex.com and tnt.com

If you have further questions about this service enhancement, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

As an effort to improve the efficiency of our FedEx network, we will adjust delivery commitment times and delivery practices for selected FedEx Express inbound services for U.S. residential delivery.

• Effective September 28, 2020, the delivery commitment time for FedEx inbound International Priority (IP) and International Priority Distribution (IPD) services to the U.S. (residential delivery only) will be adjusted from 10:30am to 12:00noon. 

• Effective October 5, 2020, delivery practices for all FedEx U.S. inbound residential shipments will change. These shipments will be left at the door on first attempt if recipient is unavailable, unless the shipper requested a Signature Service option of either Indirect Signature Required (ISR), Direct Signature Required (DSR) or Adult Signature required (ASR).  

Effective 28 September 2020, FedEx will expand its Dangerous Goods (DG) shipping service on International Priority (IP) services to all locations in Australia, excluding Tasmania. With this service capability, we strengthen our network coverage in Australia to benefit customers as well as bring new trading opportunities.

When in the Australian network, these DG shipments will be handled within our Australia domestic road express operational network. This enables end to end control and visibility, providing customers with peace of mind.

Please note the following DG are prohibited and cannot be carried:

·   Class 1 Explosives

·   Class 7 Radioactive Material, including Radioactive Material Excepted Packages

·   6.2 Infectious Substances in Category A (UN2814 and UN2900)

To learn the basics of DG shipping, please refer to the Dangerous Goods Shipping brochure on fedex.com.

Note: All services are subject to the customer’s agreement with FedEx, which may include FedEx Standard Conditions of Carriage, FedEx Services Guide, FedEx Air Waybill or other transit documents.

Effective September 1, 2020, FedEx Express will accept outbound and inbound Dangerous Goods (DG) Class 9 shipments to and from Hanoi (HAN) gateway. Customers are able to ship and receive DG Class 9 to/from select cities and provinces such as Hanoi, Hai Phong, Hai Duong, Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Vinh Phuc.

The DG Class 9 service is only available for International Priority (IP), International Priority Freight (IPF), International Premium (IP1), International Express Freight Service (IXF) and International Airport-To-Airport (ATA) shipments.

DG Class 9 are goods including:

  • Aviation Regulated Solid or Liquid
  • Magnetized Material
  • Environmentally Hazardous
  • Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms (GMMOs) or Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
  • Lithium Batteries
  • Substances which, on Inhalation as Fine Dust, may Endanger Health
  • Capacitors
  • Substances Evolving Flammable Vapour
  • Life-Saving Appliances
  • Substances and Articles which, in the Event of Fire, may Form Dioxins
  • Other Substances or Articles Presenting a Danger During Transport, but not Meeting the Definitions of Another Class

To learn the basic of DG shipping, please refer to the Dangerous Goods Shipping brochure on fedex.com.

The Vietnam officials has recently implemented new cargo-flight operating hours due to the closure of a runway at Tan Son Nhat Airport, effective on July 13, 2020. This situation resulted in flight changes and there will be temporary transit time extensions for selected FedEx and TNT inbound and outbound shipments to and from South Vietnam via SGN gateway. 

Origin

Destination

Affected service

Additional transit time (working days)

Effective period

Ho Chi Minh City
(SGN gateway)

Asia
(except for Indonesia, Korea, Philippines)

All FedEx and TNT Services

1

July 20 till further notice

Worldwide

Ho Chi Minh City
(SGN gateway)

All FedEx and TNT Services

1

July 20 till further notice

 

We will continue to use our logistics network to minimize service impacts to deliver the best possible service to our customers. Please visit fedex.com and tnt.com or contact your local Customer Service team to find out about the status of your package.  

From June 2, the transit time for selected FedEx Express export shipments from Ho Chi Minh City and neighbouring provinces in South Vietnam (via SGN gateway) to certain destinations improved. This is part of our on-going effort to enhance customer experience.

Origins

Destinations

Affected Services

Transit time improvement

(working day)

Effective Date (pickup* day)

New cut-off time**

Call-in

Pick-up

Ho Chi Minh City (SGN gateway)

Asia

(except Australia2, Hong Kong SAR1, Japan1, New Zealand2)

• FedEx International Priority (IP)

• FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF)

• FedEx International Economy (IE)

• FedEx International Economy Freight (IEF)

1

For every Tue – Thu pickup starting from June 2

1430 hrs

1630 hrs

Europe

• FedEx International Priority (IP)

• FedEx International Priority Freight (IPF)

• FedEx International Economy (IE)

• FedEx International Economy Freight (IEF)

1

For every Thu pickup starting from June 2

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

** The cut-off time is based on Central Business Areas in Ho Chi Minh City and may vary depending on specific locations.

1 Transit time for IP& IPF services from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN gateway) to Hong Kong SAR and Japan is already 1 working day.

2 Transit time for IP& IPF services from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN gateway) to Australia and New Zealand will remain 2 working days.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 situation, FedEx economy services within intra-Asia are temporarily suspended until further notice and this suspension includes the above IE and IEF services from Ho Chi Minh City (SGN gateway) to the selected Asia destinations. The situation is being monitored closely; operations will resume as soon as the circumstances allow.

If you have further questions about this service enhancement, please contact your Sales Representative or our Customer Service Hotline.

Effective from September 2, 2019, expansion of outbound services (International Priority Freight, International Economy and International Economy Freight services) and inbound services (International Economy and International Economy Freight services) will be launched in Macau via FedEx service. Pickup cut-off time* for Macau outbound shipments will be extended to 16:00 (Monday to Friday). Transit time* for existing services will remain unchanged.

For further shipment enquiries, please contact FedEx Customer Service Team.

* Pickup cut-off time and transit time may vary dependent on shipment weight and shipment’s origin/ destination, for details, please contact FedEx Customer Service Team.

Effective September 30, 2019, the correct postal code will be required when you ship to Saudi Arabia. This will allow us to improve service and satisfy regulatory compliance requirements.

It is important to note that on the effective date, FedEx will accept only shipments that have the correct postal code and postal code format. Without this information, you will no longer be able to generate a shipping label using a FedEx automation solution.

If you frequently use the address book feature or other recipient address source, you will need to update any entries for this country to ensure that the correct postal code and format are saved by September 29, 2019.

We recommend updating your recipient delivery address information now to prevent issues with shipping label generation.

Refer to the following table for the postal formats:

Country Code Regions Postal Format Effective September 30, 2019
SA
Saudi Arabia
Middle East NNNNN (5 digits)


Thank you for taking the time to make this important change to your address book.

 

Effective April 1, 2019, the correct postal codes will be required when you ship to Ecuador, Romania and Slovakia. This will allow us to improve service and satisfy regulatory compliance requirements.

It is important to note that on the effective date, FedEx will accept only shipments that have the correct postal code and postal code format. Without this information, you will no longer be able to generate a shipping label using a FedEx automation solution.

If you frequently use the address book feature or other recipient address source, you will need to update any entries for these countries to ensure that the correct postal code and format are saved by March 31, 2019.

We recommend updating your recipient delivery address information now to prevent issues with shipping label generation.

Refer to the following table for the postal formats for these countries:

Country Code Regions Postal Format Effective April 1, 2019
EC
Ecuador
LAC 6 digits*
RO
Romania
EU 6 digits
SK
Slovakia
EU 5 digits

*Note: Previous postal format contained only five digits.on Postal Format Effective April 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to make this important change to your address book.

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.

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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