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Considering importing?

 

Success depends on developing a robust import strategy and knowing where to go to for advice. Here you will find all the help and support you need to make importing a success.

Did you know that, on average, the value of goods that the UK imports is almost £4 billion higher than it exports?* There are many reasons for this, but it’s often because there are elements of what we produce in the UK that can be sourced more economically overseas, whether it’s simply a component or a finished product.

When importing, it’s important to remember that it’s not just about you and your customers. You will also be dealing with Customs, government authorities, banks, insurers, import service providers and international carriers. We appreciate how complex the process can seem, but through our Import Express service, we help break down the barriers of import.

We understand that dealing with the middleman – somebody you don’t know – can have its complications and the risk of fraud can play on people’s minds. A secure account number means your shipper can complete the shipment details of your online booking, but will never know your account details, significantly reducing the risk of fraud.

Once you’ve found a supplier that you are happy to do regular business with, it makes sense that you can send them one set of instructions that they can refer to each time they ship to you. Unique to the Express industry, the standing authorisation function eradicates the need for shippers to have to wait for instructions, significantly reducing delays on your imports.

Whilst you’re searching for suppliers in 214 countries and territories worldwide, you might expect to face complications with bookings, invoices and shipments in multiple currencies. With just one account number and one invoice, which is billed in one currency, DHL Import Express gives you complete control and visibility of your imports.

So, if you’d like to take control of your imports today, find out more in our brochure, or to see the shipping tool in action, you can watch the short video tutorial below.

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* Figure based on HMRC data taken from December 2012 – February 2013

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