is claiming a 100% better than expected competitive advantage in clearing import
airfreight shipments through Shanghai as a result of being authorised and able
to operate direct EDI links with Shanghai Customs.
September 1st 2001, as part a new EDI clearance system, Shanghai Customs introduced
a new mandate requiring agents to submit house air waybill/manifest details of
import airfreight shipments via EDI for clearance.
without the direct link have to wait for airlines to input the manifest and master
air waybill details into the Customs' system and also for COSTA, the Shanghai
Customs subsidiary, to feed the house air waybill details into the same system.
Only then, can the shipment be processed through EDI clearance with customs.
the implementation of this new customs clearance system, we expected that our
authorisation by Shanghai Customs to submit directly via EDI both master and house
air waybill and manifest details of airfreight import shipments for pre-clearance
directly would give us a one-day advantage," said U-Freight Managing Director,
Anthony Fong. "In fact, our customers are getting their shipments cleared
two days faster than they would if they used one of our competitors which have
not developed the direct EDI link."
is a real benefit for our customers," said Fong, "and continues to highlight
U-Freight's strong competitive position and its expanding presence in the Chinese
freight and logistics markets. In Shanghai we are developing a strong base through
our joint venture company, China Express and other group-affiliated companies.
We can provide our customers with a competitive range of freight forwarding services
including high tech warehousing and logistics."