NZ Post selects Hurricane Commerce HS code solution to meet ICS2 requirements

NZ Post is partnering with cross-border data specialist Hurricane Commerce to enable frictionless cross-border shipping.

The postal operator has 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.

NZ PostFern Sandercock, NZ Post’s Head of Product, International Solutions (Acting), said: “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.”

Rod Talbot, Hurricane’s Director – Asia Pacific, said: “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.”

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