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U-Freight give Shanghai customers competitive edge

U-Freight 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.

From 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.

Forwarders 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.

"Following 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."

"This 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."