Service, Regulatory Updates and Important Notifications
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On April 3, 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation to announce significantly stricter measures to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore.
Most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors will be closed from April 7 to May 4, 2020. FedEx, as an essential service will be operating as per normal. We will continue to provide pick-up and delivery services.
We are closely monitoring the situation and currently implementing our contingency plans designed to help us continue to operate and limit any impact to your business– all while keeping safety at the forefront.
Due to the impact of the global epidemic, extra resources are required to process manual air waybill. Starting from April 6, 2020, we will impose a surcharge for the provision of manual air waybills. Customers who opt for manual air waybills will be charged SGD 6 per piece with a minimum order quantity of 10 pieces. The launch of the manual air waybill surcharge will also be a part of our digital initiative going forward.
You may continue to use manual air waybills already on hand, however if you order additional manual air waybills from April 6, you will be charged a fee of SGD 60 for an order of 10 pieces of manual air waybills.
The surcharge will be billed on a separate invoice to you.
We encourage you to ship with our digital tools so that you can enjoy the ease, speed and convenience of processing shipments digitally.
Just go to fedex.com and click “Ship”!
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.
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:
|BIOLOGICAL ACTIVE PREPARATION||HUMAN CELL||PLASMA|
|BIOLOGICAL PRODUCTS||HUMAN ORGAN||PLASMA PROTEIN PRODUCT|
|BLOOD||HUMAN TISSUE||RICKETTSIA BACTERIA|
|DIAGNOSTIC REAGENT||MICROBIAL AGENTS||SPIRAL BACTERIA|
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|
*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.
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 1.800.743.2626 (Toll Free line within Singapore).
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