NZ Post have integrated Hurricane’s Zephyr solution to ensure that parcels have the correct Harmonized System (HS) code to pass smoothly through customs.
The decision to partner with Hurricane coincides with the launch of Import Control System 2 (ICS2) second release requiring advance electronic data including product descriptions and HS6 codes for all consignments coming to or via the European Union by air.
NZ Post’s intention is to roll out additional Hurricane services later this year to add further value to its customers.
Today’s world is increasingly adding in regulatory burden, especially as countries attempt to capture more of their share of tax due that in the past perhaps wasn’t paid in their territory and as they impose ecological fees to cover product and packaging disposal. DHL highlighted this in their 2023 DHL Global Connectedness Index.
The public policy environment has become less favorable for globalization, increasing the risk of a costly decline or fragmentation of international flows. Present challenges should motivate a focus on making globalization work better in order to preserve and expand the benefits of a connected world.– DHL
This means that companies like Hurricane, that can cut through the red tape for carriers, posts and retailers, will become every more critical to operations and ensuring a smooth flow of traffic across the regulatory borders to keep the ecommerce wheels turning.
Given key regulatory changes that are now coming into play for ICS2 second release around the provision of HS Codes for shipping into the EU, NZ Post recognises now more than ever the need to ensure complete and accurate data to support free flow trade for our customers when sending overseas.
Hurricane’s Zephyr solution will enable us to meet these obligations while providing a seamless cross-border shipping experience for our customers through efficient checking and completion of cross-border shipment pre-advice data.
NZ Post initially plans to offer a HS Code classification service to customers, but looks forward to exploring additional value add services, such as tax and VAT calculation, to further simplify the shipping experience for our customers.– Fern Sandercock, Head of Product, International Solutions (Acting), NZ Post
We are delighted to be working with NZ Post to support its ambitions around cross-border eCommerce.
Ensuring complete, accurate and compliant data on goods is a fundamental requirement for success in global eCommerce and we look forward to providing NZ Post with a range of solutions, starting with our HS look-up service.
The provision of correct HS codes and other shipment data offers many benefits including operational efficiency, reduced costs and, most important of all, enhanced customer satisfaction.– Rod Talbot, Director – Asia Pacific, Hurricane