UPS TradeAbility®, and Quantum ViewSM Manage Importers, are Web-based management tools that help international shippers better manage the customs clearance process for package shipments.
A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY - AND A DAUNTING CHALLENGE
By 2020 an estimated 85 percent of manufactured goods will be sold across borders. However, in today's environment, managing cross-border shipping is increasingly complicated and risky.
There is a bewildering array of rules, issued by more than 200 sovereign nations around the world, and the rules are in a constant state of change. The complexity of trade rules makes manual compliance processes slow, expensive and error prone, and the high cost has led some shippers not to sell internationally, eliminating one of their best opportunities for growth.
By helping international shippers improve regulatory compliance, reduce operating expenses, and streamline global supply chains, these services help transform cross-border shipping from a daunting challenge to a competitive advantage.
UPS TradeAbility helps international shippers quickly and easily identify harmonized tariff codes, generate landed cost estimates, and locate up-to-date compliance information.
TradeAbility tools are available on UPS.com or can be integrated into a customer's business applications or Web site using Web Services .
TradeAbility was the first UPS service to be made available via Web Services technology.
Key services include:
UPS TradeAbility contains trade information for 50 countries/territories and is available on the local UPS.com in 31 countries/territories .
All TradeAbility Services are offered free of charge.
UPS QUANTUM VIEW MANAGE IMPORTERS
UPS Quantum View Manage Importers is a view within Quantum View Manage, UPS's popular visibility solution. The Importers view provides importers access to their UPS customs brokerage data and clearance document images as well as new tools to help facilitate customs clearance and compliance.
The tools help importers clear shipments, audit cleared shipments for correct classification, and efficiently and consistently archive shipments.
PARTICULARLY USEFUL IN "PRIMARY FOCUS INDUSTRIES" IDENTIFIED BY U.S. CUSTOMS
While these tools can provide a competitive advantage for almost any company engaged in cross-border shipping, they are particularly useful for manufacturers and retailers in what U.S. Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) has identified as Primary Focus Industries.
US CBP has targeted specific industries to be scrutinized due to value of merchandise, or history of classification errors. These Primary Focus Industries include: apparel, automotive, electronics, footwear, high tech, medical equipment, pharmaceutical, and textiles.