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.
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.
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.
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.
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 an "AEO-Full" shipping agent means that in shipping your goods you'll benefit from the following advantages:
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.
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!
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:
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.