PostNL prepares for customs changes with international label reader

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To deal with the challenges brought about by changes in import processes, such as missing or incomplete address data, PostNL Cross Border Solutions (CBS) has implemented Prime Vision’s International Label Reader (ILR) for shipments with missing data. This solution provides semi-automated data entry of all necessary customs data for mail items that have not been digitally pre-registered.

The ILR solution contributes to the digital transformation of import mail processing with which PostNL is ready for EU’s new advance cargo information system ICS2, which came into force on March 15, 2021. In addition, as of July 1 this year, the VAT exemption rate will no longer apply and all mail items from outside the EU must be declared. Electronic processing will play a major role in this; processes will be increasingly data-driven and based on the available digital data of shipments.

Before July 1, PostNL CBS will expand the ILR capacity so that its shipments can continue to be processed on time.

Marjo de Keizer, program manager, CBS, commented, “We expect that the ILR will help us enormously to continue to process shipments on time by completing the data set needed for customs clearance.”

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