Logistical solutions for e-commerce

E-Commerce and logistics
Solutions for importation, distribution, customs & VAT corresponding to the needs of e-commerce companies on marketplaces like Amazon, Alibaba, etc…
Services we offer:

customized solutions for e-commerce retailers

Distribution models change over time, getting ever more direct. The end consumer now can have direct relations with the manufacturer, leaping over middlemen, in particular wholesalers and distributors. The logistical chain has become critical. Some manage single package deliveries using the postal service or a courier service from China all the way to the consumer in Europe. Others will have volumes of shipments and logistical complexity that justify use of a freight forwarder who can lower the cost of distribution of each single shipment. Mathez Freight Forwarding is at your service to study your product flows and possible optimization.

  • Imports to France: preparing orders abroad and then arranging high volume flows in air or sea shipment and breakdown of orders upon arrival.
  • Analysis of your shipping flows, products, and applicable customs regulations, as well as your distribution needs in order to create a customized shipping solution.
  • Management of reverse logistics.
  • VAT administrative solutions for e-commerce companies: VAT registration in all of the countries of the European Union and some third countries, Importer of Record, VAT tax representation, Intrastats and ESL declarations.

  • Door to door shipment using the most suitable methods (postal service, express service, land-based, sea-based, etc.) to ensure end-to-end product traceability.
  • For exports, on behalf of foreign clients we perform purchasing, packaging, assembling suppliers for purposes of regular shipment abroad (particularly to China).

Please note: Our e-commerce solutions apply to products that are known, well-understood, and carefully comply with customs regulations for European Community conformity, trademarks, etc. … for recurring product flows.

Frederic Mercier

Combining speed, flexibility, optimization, and regulatory compliance is a daily challenge in order to adapt the best performing logistical solutions to the dynamic conditions of the new economy.

Frédéric Mercier, Mathez Freight Forwarding, Nice

Benefits for you

The power of a specialized network

Our network covers 838 cities, ports, and airports in 191 countries. We select our partners for the quality of their infrastructure and their expertise in e-commerce.
Our network

Negotiated tariffs

Take advantage of the rates we negotiate with sea and air shipping companies through our high purchasing volumes, as well as a preferential tariff agreement for delivery on the last kilometer.

Tracking your goods

We oversee your shipments and we ensure that everything is happening as intended. Plus, you can track your merchandise 24/7 online.
Tracking

Optimizing your supply chain

We provide key performance indicators (KPI) for your recurring shipments so you can better integrate your transport times within your supply chain parameters.

VAT & Customs Compliance

Make a single stop for all your administrative, customs, and logistical solutions, and take advantage of the expertise of a European VAT leader.
VAT Services
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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about e-commerce logistics

  1. 1

    When do we need to carefully examine customs regulations for a particular product?

    As soon as you anticipate importing a product, it is essential to verify the applicable duties and taxes as well as relevant regulation in order to avoid a dispute of any kind, to reduce your customs risks, and optimize your operations in terms of taxes and customs rules.

    In the event of any doubt, request a product customs classification.
    Find out all you need to know about product customs classifications with Mathez Advising and Training.

  2. 2

    Why choose a fully certified AEO shipping agent?

    Accreditation as an "AEO" (Authorized Economic Operator) is granted by the Customs Administration to companies that meet strict customs criteria and demonstrate consistent quality, conformity and reliability in the international supply chain.

    Working with a fully-certified "AEO" means that in shipping your goods you'll benefit from the following advantages:

    • Fewer physical and records inspections.
    • Priority inspection and customs clearance for your merchandise.
    • Reputation recognized throughout the European Union and throughout the world.

    Since 2013 Mathez Freight Forwarding has had AEO-Full status, which includes the "simplified customs" AEO certificate and the "safety-security" AEO certificate. When you work with Mathez Freight Forwarding, you can rest assured that all your customs operations throughout the EU and beyond will be handled with precision, reliability, and professionalism, according to the highest standards.

  3. 3

    Some products contain lithium batteries. Which transport restrictions does this involve?

    Whether it's a mobile phone, an electric bicycle, children's toy, or a laptop computer, a wide variety of products today contain lithium batteries. Not declaring them can result in serious consequences.

    As a result of several grave incidents caused by these batteries, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has defined specific standards for the shipment of lithium batteries. Every air transport company has adopted these norms by applying its own definitions and restrictions, and some destinations require specific measures in terms of packaging and handling.

    The conditions for transporting batteries may also vary according to the size of the batteries, their Watt/Hour power in some cases (ionic lithium, polymer, iron phosphate type batteries (Life PO4), etc.) or their lithium content measured in grams in other cases (metal lithium batteries, lithium alloy batteries, etc.). Damaged or defective devices or lithium batteries are generally banned from transport.
    All of these restrictions frequently change (almost every 4 months).

    We are here to advise you on options for shipping or importing lithium batteries by air transport. Tell us the type of battery, the power and quantity of batteries to be shipped, the routing you want, and we'll advise you on air transport options or if necessary, multi-modal, land-based, or sea-based shipping. Contact us!

  4. 4

    Which VAT obligations apply to e-commerce companies?

    Online sales platforms (Amazon, Ebay, etc.) generally require that merchants provide a VAT number when they sign up on that marketplace to sell any goods or services in Europe. E-commerce companies that sell products within the European Union must in fact have a VAT number in every country concerned whenever their annual sales exceed a certain threshold, as defined by each country. Beyond registration with VAT, e-commerce companies have to:

    • apply VAT rates (standard or reduced rates) as defined by each country,
    • fill out periodic declarations (VAT, intrastat, ESL declarations), to ensure their VAT compliance in each country.

    To fulfill these obligations, it is in their best interest to engage the services of a tax representative. To find out more, consult with Easytax.

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