Hundreds of millions of parcels into the US set to be rejected unless higher data quality threshold is met from January 1, 2021

Several hundred million mail parcels destined for the United States will be rejected when the requirement for a higher threshold of advance electronic data comes into force on January 1, 2021.

Posts have had it confirmed that as of that date any parcels arriving in the US with incorrect or incomplete data will be refused and returned to origin.

Hurricane Commerce, a specialist in cross-border eCommerce trade data and compliance technology, says the United States Postal Service (USPS) deadline leaves posts with a huge challenge to meet in just a few weeks.

The January 1 deadline marks the latest step in the enforcement of the US STOP Act which is primarily intended to crack down on the importation of illicit opioids into the country.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “The USPS is under pressure to fully implement the STOP Act and posts have been informed that the quality threshold for valid advance electronic data on mail parcels is being raised to a whole new level from the start of next year.

“From January 1, posts will be expected without exception to provide complete and valid data on all inbound mail parcels into the US.

“As things stand that means several hundred million parcels are likely to be rejected and eventually returned to their origin.

“This kind of volume will not only create immense logistical challenges but will also have a serious impact on air cargo capacity.

“Refused parcels will be returned to their country of origin which, in turn, will lead to mail parcel blockages of tens of millions of items. This problem will be exacerbated by the huge reduction in the number of planes flying due to Covid-19.

“The cost implications are significant in terms of warehousing, storage and returns, while there is also the issue of customer dissatisfaction and the increase in carbon footprint.”

Earlier this year, Hurricane Commerce launched its easy to integrate Zephyr data enhancement product which allows bulk clearance facilities to check the accuracy of data including product descriptions and HS6 codes, and receive additional pertinent or missing information all under a single quick check function.

Zephyr can process over 700 million requests a day and can, on an item by item API call base, provide for a real time feedback with response times of 100 milliseconds. The screening of a file consisting of a maximum of 10,000 items that is sent to Hurricane takes no more than 15 minutes.

David Spottiswood, a co-founder of Hurricane Commerce, said: “The USPS deadline is real and is just a few weeks away from being rigorously enforced.

“Our Zephyr solution has been created specifically to meet this challenge and can be activated and delivering enhanced data quickly.

“We know from customer results that Zephyr enables posts to achieve the required data quality threshold.

“Posts which are able to meet the rigorous higher standards being set by the USPS are likely to gain a competitive edge in the world of cross-border trade.”

UK and EU flag over London

Cross-border trade operators need to get Brexit-ready or face severe delays at customs

Planning for Brexit Day ranges from “excellent” to “chaotic”, according to a cross-border eCommerce specialist.

Hurricane Commerce says the discrepancy between those who have put in place robust plans and those who haven’t is huge – and time is running out to get Brexit-ready.

Postal authorities, carriers, eCommerce merchants and marketplaces all face severe impact on their businesses if they are not able to provide complete and valid data on parcels from January 1.

Martin Palmer, Hurricane Commerce’s Chief Content and Compliance Officer, said: “This is not just about the UK and trading into the EU; it is also about the remaining 27 EU member countries and their cross-border trade into the UK.

“The phrase ‘My shipment is stuck in customs’ is often used by businesses and the ever-growing number of private citizens using international eCommerce retailers.

“The perception is that customs officers and their bureaucratic requirements are bringing the world to a grinding halt. The reality is quite different. Most customs authorities operate sophisticated, automated clearance facilities taking just a few moments for a shipment with the correct data to clear customs.

“The real problem is usually that the exporter or importer has not complied with the requirements to import a shipment into a country and have failed to supply full and accurate data and documentation.

“The problem is only going to be exacerbated by Brexit. We know that while some postal operators, carriers and eCommerce merchants are ready for the changes, many more are a long way from being prepared. The state of readiness ranges from the excellent to the chaotic.”

Some of the main reasons for delays in Customs clearance include:

  • Missing or incomplete data – Customs clearance in most countries is automated. Missing or incomplete data will result in an automatic failure.
  • Vague or misleading descriptions of contents – Product descriptions need to be accurate and detailed.
  • Missing and incorrect HS 6 codes – The World Customs Organisation Harmonised System that uses code numbers to define products. Many Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) will refuse to accept shipments without provision of this information.
  • Incomplete shipper and consignee data – Ensuring full details of shipper and consignee name and address data, including collection and importer details if relevant, is essential.
  • Contents require licences or other specialised paperwork for import – Every country has unique requirements, practices and restrictions for international shipping and determining which commodities can be shipped into and out of a country.
  • Unrealistic valuation of contents – One of the most common duty and tax disputes is an incorrectly declared value. Values should represent the actual transaction value or a realistic market value. An error in value can cost you considerably in import delays and fines.
  • Missing Country of Origin (COO) – Customs require to know where the commodity was manufactured in addition to where it was exported from. The COO may influence the amount of duty and tax that may be applicable to be paid.
  • Denied Parties (DPs) – Denied parties are individuals, organisations and entities that have been placed on a governmental list that limits the ability to do business with them. Most governments have DP lists as well as international organisations such as the United Nations, and the EU. Shipments originating from or destined to an individual, organisation or entity appearing on a DP list can result in clearance delays, substantial financial penalties or even jail time.

Martin added: “Anyone who leaves their Brexit preparations until the last minute is asking for trouble. We are now less than 80 days away from this seismic change in the trading relationship between the UK and the EU.

“Customs authorities themselves are having to scale up massively to cope with the huge increase in requirement for customs declarations and there will inevitably be some major challenges as both sides get used to the new norm.

“It therefore means the more prepared those involved in cross-border eCommerce trade are, the more likely your parcels are to get to their destination as seamlessly as possible after January 1.”

Hurricane Commerce’s industry-leading solutions are helping customers, including postal operators, carriers, eCommerce merchants, marketplaces and platforms across the key areas of data enhancement, duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

The company, founded in 2016, has brought together leading professionals from logistics, compliance and technology.

Hurricane Commerce partners with Escher

Riposte Shipping 8.2 with Hurricane Commerce Simplifies Taxes, Duties, and Compliance

Escher, the global leader transforming postal operators and couriers, announced the launch of Riposte Shipping 8.2 with Hurricane. This latest release features seamless integration with Hurricane, providing Posts with full access to taxes, duties and compliance functionality, directly from within the Riposte Shipping application.

By 2022, cross-border e-commerce shipments will account for 22 percent of all e-commerce shipments of physical products, according to Statista. However today, there are many obstacles around international shipments that prevent Posts from delivering a positive experience for their customers. Landing cost sticker shock, confusion regarding required documentation and shipping restrictions, as well as the inability to screen all recipients for denied party status are just a few of these challenges.

Riposte Shipping 8.2 with Hurricane is the comprehensive solution to these problems, offering Posts cost transparency, improved shipping reliability, while making compliance convenient.

“Parcels and packets shipped across borders need an electronic ‘passport’ for safe and reliable travel and this is one way Riposte Shipping helps Posts,” said Nick Manolis, CEO, Escher. “The seamless integration of Hurricane with Riposte Shipping is the leading solution that streamlines the international shipping process, improving delivery success rates, free from delays or missing contents.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Escher on the launch of Riposte Shipping 8.2 and to be providing Posts with a range of industry-leading solutions covering data enhancement, duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening,” explained Martyn Noble, CEO, Hurricane Commerce.

Last year, Escher partnered with Hurricane to bring its Riposte Taxes, Duties, and Compliance solution to market, helping Posts everywhere simplify the cross-border shipping process. Riposte Shipping 8.2 with Hurricane represents a deeper integration with Hurricane. With real-time updates from Hurricane, parcels leave post office rooms for international delivery with a significant reduction in returned shipments.

New features of Riposte Shipping 8.2 with Hurricane include:

Seamless Integration

  • Hurricane’s Taxes, Duties, and Compliance API provides full compliance functionality within Riposte Shipping.
  • On the clerk side, the UI validates or explains which errors are present, if any.
  • As the Hurricane database updates in real-time, compliance becomes faster and more accurate.
  • Integration can be triggered via specific destinations or service.
  • Individuals, countries, or items which are prohibited are flagged at the POS where the clerk receives notifications in real-time.
  • Insurance validations are also confirmed to prevent fraud or deliberate over coverage.

Product Classifications

  • Due to increased reliance on Posts for personal and commerce needs, improved product classifications are needed.
  • Riposte Shipping now provides compliance with the latest customs regulation and emerging security and customer requirements for EAD (electronic advanced data).
  • With Hurricane integration, Riposte Shipping allows for improved screening, faster shipments, and reduced issues at customs and border checkpoints.
  • The new product classifications functionality also allow for proper search protocols to identify proper product classification as well as classification codes required for customs.

Denied Party Screening

  • Riposte Shipping now includes Denied Party screening which is a validation process for carrying out checks on individuals, companies, or entities that are on a sanctioned list or watch.
  • Hurricane sources information from over 100 Denied Party lists including the UN, EU and OFAC.
  • Every time money changes hands, there is a responsibility to ensure that the goods are not destined for an individual, company, or entity on a government watch list.
  • Fines can be substantial – as can the damage to your reputation.

Product Restriction Screening

  • Hurricane can pre-screen shipments to avoid delays and inspections at customs and borders (e.g. animal products or firearms).
  • Users receive an updated list of restriction codes for both transportation and exports.
  • A cost breakdown of duties and taxes for delivery is also provided and these amounts reflect both the rate and the value of shipments, reducing surprise costs or unknown fees.

Duties, Taxes, and Fees

  • Riposte Shipping now allows for the pre-payment of duties and taxes so that the receiving party does not need to pay upon receipt.
  • The solution also provides a display of the customs declaration form with the breakdown of the taxes and duties for customer approval.

Integrated Customs Declaration Form

  • Shipment delays are reduced through an integrated customs process.
  • With Riposte Shipping, users have the ability to both preview and print CN23 forms.
  • With an electronic signature capture feature, signing forms and documentation is nearly instantaneous.

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About Hurricane Commerce
Hurricane Commerce is brilliant at the boring – translating the complex into the simple.
Its solutions have been designed to give customers peace of mind about every cross-border eCommerce transaction.

Hurricane’s solutions are increasingly the choice of postal operators, eCommerce platforms, marketplaces and merchants and carriers.

Nothing moves without complete and valid data and increasing regulations and laws are providing huge challenges to anyone involved in cross-border eCommerce trade – challenges Hurricane and Escher are together helping to resolve. For more information about Hurricane, visit http://www.hurricanecommerce.com

About Riposte
The award-winning Riposte Platform provides Posts with an all-in-one customer engagement solution to support every step of the digital transformation journey. Posts can bypass unnecessary complexity and expense with Riposte and eliminate the trouble of evaluating, purchasing, and integrating multiple solutions. The Riposte Platform comes with out-of-the-box solutions for counter service, mobile integration, data analytics, retail worker onboarding, customer survey generation, integration of third-party agents, facilitation of a pick-up, drop-off network, and more.

About Escher
Escher is transforming postal operators and couriers worldwide, enabling them to engage today’s digitally savvy customers across all points of engagement. With Escher’s unique, purpose-built customer engagement platform, Posts can drive superior customer experience, with greater speed and better economics. With over 35 customers, Escher works with the most innovative Posts in the world. Their largest customer carries 47% of the world’s post. Escher’s technology gets used to serve over a billion citizens with 350,000 points of engagement globally. For more information about Escher, visit http://www.eschergroup.com

Lyngsoe Systems and Hurricane Commerce join forces to ensure frictionless cross-border trade

Two companies specialising in cross-border trade technologies have teamed up to help postal operators prepare for a wave of new regulations coming into force over the coming months.

Among them are the implementation of ICS2 (Import Control System 2), requiring entry summary declarations on all parcels and packets entering the EU, and the EU’s VAT modernisation package and launch of the Import One Stop Shop (IOSS).

Lyngsoe Systems is offering its customers Hurricane Commerce’s Zephyr data enhancement solution to complement its own Manual Imaging Capture Station (MICS), which provides a scalable solution for optimising import, customs and VAT collection.

MICS removes bottlenecks by separating data entry from the physical handling of items, automates data capturing and registration, raises throughput utilising existing floorspace more effectively and lowers the cycle time of import and clearance.

Hurricane’s Zephyr API enables the efficient checking and completion of cross-border shipment pre-advices. It identifies invalid descriptions, returns a status code for each imported consignment, and includes a product description, HS6 code and, if required, 8 and 10-digit import and export codes.

Zephyr can process over 700 million requests per day with 85% accuracy and achieves average response times of 100 milliseconds.

Villads Thomsen, CEO of Lyngsoe Systems, said: “A smooth cross-border eCommerce process calls for combining the different data sources readily available today.

“Lyngsoe Systems is excited to complement our MICS platform with eCommerce data analytics from Hurricane to achieve a frictionless cross-border trade.”

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “We are delighted that Lyngsoe Systems has chosen our game-changing Zephyr solution to complement its own industry-leading offering to postal authorities.

“Our solutions are helping postal operators, carriers, logistics providers and online retailers capitalise on the huge growth opportunities in eCommerce while staying compliant in the face of ever-increasing global regulations and laws.”

Lyngsoe Systems and Hurricane are hosting a one-hour webinar, “Data Enhancement and Machine Learning in Office of Exchange” on Thursday, November 5th (2pm GMT/ 3pm CET). To register visit https://lyngsoesystems.com/mics2020/

Hurricane featured in Parcel & Post Technology International

Hurricane Commerce is featured in the September issue of Parcel & Post Technology International magazine.

Our co-founder and CEO Martyn Noble was interviewed about the latest trends in cross-border eCommerce trade.

The industry is having to adapt quickly to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by a swathe of new laws and regulations coming into force over the coming months. Among them are Brexit, EU VAT modernisation and the Import Control System 2 (ICS2).

In a wide-ranging article, Martyn says: “Nothing will move without data. A few years back the post industry was mainly concerned with first mile and last mile efficiencies whereas now it’s actually around first file.

“The timelines are not going to change. Compliance is not optional, and if you want to compete in this market, you have to do something about it.”

Martyn added: “There is potential for Posts and delivery companies to collaborate with smart technology providers to develop new services that help to differentiate them from rivals.”

To read the full article click https://secure.viewer.zmags.com/publication/b47bed6a#/b47bed6a/32

Hurricane Commerce shortlisted for prestigious industry awards

Hurricane Commerce shortlisted for prestigious industry awards

We are absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted in two categories in this year’s Parcel and Post Technology International Awards.

Hurricane has been chosen for Supplier of the Year and New Business Development of the Year.

Supplier of the Year recognises “businesses which have had a big impact on the postal industry over the past year, whether it’s for investment in new technologies, work with the postal operators or because of impressive growth.”

Meanwhile, Business Development of the Year sought entries from companies that are supporting posts in maximising new revenue streams through diversified services and solutions.

For this award, we entered Zephyr – our “game-changing” data enhancement solution to support the exponential growth in cross-border eCommerce.

Hurricane’s Zephyr API:

  • Identifies invalid descriptions
  • Returns a status code for each imported consignment
  • Includes a product description, HS6 code and, if required, 8 and 10-digit import and export codes
  • Can process over 700 million requests per day with 85% accuracy
  • Achieves average response times of 100 milliseconds

Zephyr complements Hurricane’s other industry-leading solutions.

Hurricane’s Bluestone AI engine powers its auto-classification function, while its Aura API provides real-time calculation of duty and taxes and the identification of prohibited and restricted goods and denied parties.

Our solutions are helping customers including postal operators, carriers, online retailers and eCommerce marketplaces grow new revenues and stay compliant in the face of ever tightening cross-border regulations and laws.

They include the US STOP Act, Import Control System 2 (ICS2) and the EU’s modernisation of VAT package.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said “When we started Hurricane Commerce four years ago, our aim was to become the go-to provider for cross-border eCommerce solutions.

“We are absolutely thrilled for the hard work and dedication of our talented team to have been recognised in the shortlisting for these two prestigious industry awards.”

The full story can be read at https://www.parcelandpostaltechnologyinternational.com/awards/full-ppti-awards-shortlist-and-judging-panel-announced.html

Hurricane Commerce launches “game-changing” Zephyr

Hurricane Commerce launches “game-changing” Zephyr

Hurricane Commerce has launched a “game-changing” data enhancement solution to support the exponential growth in cross-border eCommerce.

The company’s Zephyr API has been created to help businesses and their customers comply with a swathe of new regulations and laws.

Failure to do so will mean shipments being held at customs resulting in huge delays, the return of consignments, extra costs and administration.

Among those affected are postal operators, express delivery services, freight forwarding logistics companies and transport carriers.

Hurricane’s Zephyr API:

  • Identifies invalid descriptions
  • Returns a status code for each imported consignment
  • Includes a product description, HS6 code and, if required, 8 and 10-digit import and export codes
  • Can process over 700 million requests per day with 85% accuracy
  • Achieves average response times of 100 milliseconds

Regulation changes include ICS2 (Import Control System 2) which comes into force in March 2021 and requires entry summary declarations on all parcels and packets entering the EU.

The US STOP Act, which is fully implemented from January 2021, requires full advance electronic data on all parcels arriving in the US.

The launch of Zephyr complements Hurricane’s other industry-leading solutions.

Hurricane’s Bluestone AI engine powers its auto-classification function, while its Aura API provides real-time calculation of duty and taxes and the identification of prohibited and restricted goods and denied parties.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said “When we started Hurricane Commerce four years ago, our aim was to become the go-to provider for cross-border eCommerce solutions.

“Zephyr is our latest piece of game-changing technology to deal with a real-world problem, enabling the efficient checking and completion of cross-border shipment pre-advices. It is easy to integrate and offers phenomenal speed times and unrivalled accuracy.”

Martyn added: “The introduction of Zephyr means we are the only company able to provide a complete and modern set of solutions covering our four pillars of data enhancement, duty and tax calculation, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied parties screening.

“Our solutions are helping our customers meet their compliance requirements while also creating new opportunities for international growth.”

The genome-based technology utilised in Zephyr will also be used to drive the next generation of Hurricane Commerce’s Artificial Intelligence Bluestone classification service and enhancements to its Denied Parties solution.

Hurricane Commerce is increasingly the preferred choice of postal services, postal authorities, eCommerce platforms, eCommerce retailers, carriers, logistics specialists and other software providers across the globe.

The company includes global expertise in tech, logistics and compliance, operating from offices in the UK, US, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Cross-border eCommerce retailers need to prepare for EU border checks from January 1

Cross-border eCommerce retailers need to prepare for EU border checks from January 1

Cross-border eCommerce retailers in the UK have been warned that full border checks will be imposed on any goods entering the EU from January 1 next year.

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator, told a House of Lords Committee that Brussels will not agree to any delay despite the UK pledging not to introduce full border checks on EU goods until July 2021.

With just six months to go, the pressures will now ramp up on UK-based and EU e-retailers to ensure they have the right systems in place to combat the potential fallout from the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

One of the biggest requirements will be to ensure that goods being sent into the EU and to the UK have the right data sets including accurate HS6 codes and product descriptions.

Without them, the fear is that importing ports will not have the capacity to process information with the likelihood of lengthy delays in goods clearing customs.

eCommerce brands also face greater scrutiny to ensure that goods are not being sent to denied parties – individuals or organisations on banned lists – or shipping goods that are prohibited or restricted in certain countries.

E-retailers will also need to ensure they have the best possible landed cost engine to ensure they are providing their customers with the right duty and tax calculations.

A growing number of leading eCommerce brands are providing their customers with a Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) service, in which they take responsibility for paying duties and taxes that are due, increasing cost transparency and customer satisfaction.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “Brexit is just one major part of a changing geopolitical landscape that is requiring anyone involved in cross-border eCommerce to provide accurate data and become more compliant.

“Other factors include the US-China trade war, changes in VAT regulations and advanced electronic data capture.

“It is creating cross-border trade uncertainty and complexity, after decades of perceived stability resulting in far-reaching changes to the legislative and regulatory environment and the associated compliant shipping procedures.

“Compliance is never optional. It is like a tax; any brand wanting to compete in the fast-paced world of eCommerce is required to fulfil their obligations and demonstrate they are equipped to operate in accordance with the law and the regulations.”

Hurricane Commerce is increasingly the data partner of choice for organisations involved in cross-border eCommerce. Its solutions cover the areas of data enhancement, duty and tax calculations, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied party screening.

Hurricane’s solutions include its deep-learning Bluestone AI that drives its auto-classification function; its Aura API that covers Duty and Tax Calculations, Prohibited and Restricted Goods Screening and Denied Party Screening; and its Zephyr bulk clearance API which enables the efficient checking and completion of cross-border shipment pre-advices submitted to postal authorities by their customers.

Hurricane’s customers include postal authorities, eCommerce platforms, eCommerce retailers, carriers, logistics specialists and other software providers across the globe.

The company consists of experts with senior backgrounds in logistics, compliance and classification and technology. It operates from offices in the UK, US, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Hurricane Commerce to roll out eCommerce solution for Australia Post

Hurricane Commerce to roll out eCommerce solution for Australia Post

Hurricane Commerce has been contracted by Australia Post to help it make the most of the rapid growth in cross-border eCommerce.

Hurricane’s technology will enable Australia Post’s eCommerce retailer customers to accurately calculate import duties and taxes applicable to purchases.

It eliminates the so called ‘calling card shock’ that e-shoppers face when they are asked to make a further payment before taking delivery of their purchase.

This ‘calling card shock’ results in a poor customer experience and parcels being returned at the cost of the retailer, increasing administrative time and costs.

By ensuring that items for cross-border shipping have the correct information and costs, the overall transit time is reduced, allowing customers to receive their packages quicker.

Hurricane’s deep-learning Bluestone Artificial Intelligence and Aura API gives merchants the ability to be fully transparent with their customers about how much they must pay, inclusive of delivery and import duties and taxes.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “Our solutions empower businesses to improve their customer experience and retention, increase their revenues and make cost efficiencies by reducing the number of returns and administrative queries.

“Postal authorities are also changing rapidly, moving from being a traditional mail business to a logistics eCommerce provider.

“They face huge competition from private carriers which means that they need to offer the most modern, dynamic, flexible and cost-effective interfaces to enable an improved customer experience.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Australia Post to provide it with cross-border trade solutions across taxes, duties and compliance.

“There is also the wider benefit of Hurricane Commerce to the environment. By reducing the number of returns for a business, our solution makes a significant impact in reducing CO2 emissions globally.”

Hurricane is increasingly the preferred choice of postal authorities, eCommerce platforms, eCommerce retailers, carriers, logistics specialists and other software providers across the globe.

The company consists of some of the brightest tech talent combined with senior backgrounds from the logistics industry. It operates from offices in the UK, US, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The business’s solutions cover the areas of data enhancement, duty and tax calculations, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied party screening.

In addition to its Bluestone AI and Aura API, Hurricane also has its Zephyr API which enables the efficient checking and completion of cross-border shipment pre-advices submitted to postal authorities by their customers.

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Postal operators “will lose business” if they don’t prepare for introduction of ICS2

Postal operators “will lose business” if they don’t prepare for introduction of ICS2

Postal operators will lose business to their competitors if they do not act to prepare for the introduction of stringent new regulations.

Posts are currently exempt from having to submit an entry summary declaration via the Import Control System (ICS) before importing goods into the European Union’s customs territory.

But the implementation of Import Control System 2 (ICS2) from March 15, 2021, will compel Posts to provide a minimum data set (PLACI or ENS) including an accurate product description and, as of 2023, a valid HS6 code.

It will also be the responsibility of the importing Post to submit the correct entry summary declaration. An efficient solution will need to be in place, especially when the exporting Post does not provide the minimum data set.

Martyn Noble, CEO of Hurricane Commerce, said: “Submitting incomplete or incorrect data will cause shipments to be held by customs until the appropriate data has been submitted.

“This will impact hugely on transit times and customer experience. The effect of this will be that eCommerce retailers will move to other postal providers which have the right systems and processes in place to meet the requirements of ICS2.

“Efficiency and customer experience are key to any Post looking to secure their position and increase revenues. Not being prepared for ICS2 is simply not an option.”

Hurricane has developed a multi-lingual data enhancement solution called Zephyr to enable Posts to complete and submit their entry summary declaration to ICS2. Zephyr validates product descriptions, returning a status code if invalid. It also provides a valid 10-digit import code as well as the most likely HS6 code and product description.

Martyn added: “Zephyr has been proven to handle high volume data in lightning quick time with return times of 100 milliseconds. It not only gives postal operators peace of mind that all entry summary declarations via ICS2 are automated and compliant, but that they will be able making savings and improve their transit times by making use of fast track customs lanes.

“It also represents a fantastic opportunity for any Post to grow their business and improve their value offering over competitors.”

Hurricane Commerce is increasingly the preferred choice of postal services, postal authorities, eCommerce platforms, eCommerce retailers, carriers, logistics specialists and other software providers across the globe.

The company consists of some of the brightest tech talent combined with senior backgrounds from the logistics industry. It operates from offices in the UK, US, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The business’s four pillars are: data enhancement, duty and tax calculations, prohibited and restricted goods screening and denied party screening.

https://tamebay.com/2020/06/postal-operators-will-lose-business-dont-prepare-introduction-ics2.html

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  • For more information, please contact Nick Mason at Mason Media on +44 (0) 151 239 5050 or email: nick@masonmedia.co.uk