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myGermany GmbH team would like to say thank you

myGermany GmbH team would like to say thank you

The entire myGermany GmbH team would like to say thank you!

Thank you for your patience in this extraordinary situation. Not only that we have to deal with the COVID19 crisis and the related difficulties also the Brexit gave us additional work at the beginning of the year due to the uncertain shipping situation. To make matters worse we had to put our warehouse in emergency mode for a total of six days in mid-February because the winter conditions made it impossible to work. Altogether no optimal conditions to guarantee a regular process flow.

 

Nevertheless, we are finally back with a full staff and now working extra shifts to clear the backlog. We know that this is demanding a lot of patience from our customers. But we assure you that your parcels are as important to us as they are to you and we are doing everything we can to clear the backlog as quickly as possible.

Emergency operation due to extraordinary weather conditions

Emergency operation due to extraordinary weather conditions

We do process

  • incoming packages after a 48-72 h
  • outgoing packages after 48-96 h
  • Concierge ist still working and will be done within 24 h weekdays. In case items are not available, your payment will be 100% refunded.
  • Consolidations will take 2-5 business days

(11.02.2021): Update — We have resumed regular operation

After the entire commercial yard of myGermany GmbH was covered with a 50 cm thick blanket of snow on Monday, February 8, we rebuilt the regular operation step by step. The snow was cleared, the electricity reconnected and the water in the pipes thawed. After not a single parcel carrier visited our warehouse on Monday and Tuesday, we were understandably graced with three times the amount of parcels on Wednesday and Thursday. Our team is working intensively on a coordinated process to cope with the increase in parcels.

We apologize to all customers who now need a little more patience for their packages. As long as a notification from the service provider has been sent, your package has arrived safely at our warehouse and is now waiting for the matching process.

(07.02.2021): Emergency operation due to extraordinary weather conditions

The center of Germany, and Thuringia in particular, are affected by a harsh onset of winter. Besides partly freezing rain with glassy roads, up to 50 cm of snow fell within few hours. Also, strong winds lead to drifts that partially paralyze road sections completely. Bus and train companies have temporarily suspended their services. In addition, the Thuringian state government has closed all schools at the beginning of the week. Children must be taken care of and taught at home.

As a result, employees may be limited or may not be able to come to work at all. Parcel service providers will also be unable to reach our warehouse until Wendnesday. Operations on a regular basis are not possible.

Therefore we apologize to all our customers that myGermany GmbH will be in emergency operation until Thursday, February 11 probably. We will accept all incoming parcels and process them within the possibilities of Express Shipments.

Unfortunately all other orders will be processed only once the overall situation has calmed down.

 

Deutsche Welle press article

Suspension of DHL Economy Shipping method to Israel

Suspension of DHL Economy Shipping method to Israel

Effective immediately (20.01.2021): We no longer offer shipping to Israel via DHL Economy.

Even though it is our greatest good to offer a variety of different shipping providers to our customers, we had to realize that the benefit of DHL Economy is not in proportion to the expectations of our customers. Delivery times of up to 65 days do not reflect our promise to our customers of speedy processing and delivery. The reason for this is the transfer of DHL Economy to Israel Post on the soil of Israel. Here it comes increasingly to delays that are difficult to convey to our customers. Therefore, we take this delivery option out of our offer until further notice.

Of course, our other delivery options remain unchanged. Customers can still have their products and packages delivered via DHL Express, FedEx Economy, FedEx Express and DPD Express.

myGermany News in the Corona Crisis

30.04.2021
Customers may expect transit delays for Intercontinental Economy and Economy Freightshipment from Europe to the US, Canada and Latin America

We anticipate temporary service delays due to some unexpected surge in volume in our and our carriers (DHL, FEDEX, UPS, DPD, DBSchenker) network. For the shipments collected today, customers may experience service delays of up to 48-72 hours vs. quoted transit time for our Intercontinental Economy, Express and Freight services from Europe to the US, Canada and Latin America regions at origin. Contingency plans are in place to resume our regular service schedule as swiftly as possible.

11.02.2021
Extension of lockdown in Germany and phased program to return to normality

The measures to combat the Corona crisis were extended again. Until March 7, the restrictions of contacts to just one person from ouside the own household, the obligation to wear FFP2 masks in public life, distance rules, closed schools/ kindergarden, catering, culture and retail, as well as the obligation to the home office where possible, continue to apply. At the beginning of March, a phased plan will be launched, describing what restictions can be soften up.
That means that myGermany GmbH is still unable to operate at full capacity. We still have to work with the lack of the employees who are in childcare. Processes take more time and the home office makes communication and process flow more difficult.

We continue to ask for your understanding and patience and also assure you that we will do everything we can to ensure a fast and smooth process.

05.01.2021
BREXIT Shipments from EU to UK (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)

Due to the BREXIT we face issues sending packages to UK because carriers do not pick them from our warehouse until their logistic processes are settled. We do process these packages and might keep them in warehouse until our carrier partners will send them.
We certainly need to attach to your UK packages: commercial invoices — so please upload the correct invoice in the CheckOut. Only then we can guarantee the seamless transaction of your packages!

DPD will not serve UK for private customers from Jan 2021 onwards.

Emergency Surcharge Carriers:

DHL Weltpaket Ecomomy and Premium
+ 3,60 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to AUSTRALIA
+ 2,60 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to BRAZIL
+ 3,90 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to CHILE
+ 1,00 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to JAPAN
+ 2,30 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to NEW ZEALAND
+ 1,60 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to SINGAPORE
+ 1,00 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to TAIWAN
+ 2,50 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to US
+ 1,90 EUR up to 30kg packages for packages to SOUTH AFRICA
https://www.dhl.de/en/geschaeftskunden/express/produkte-und-services/zuschlaege.html

DHL Express
+ 2,50 EUR up to 30kg packages each country
+ 15,00 EUR 30-70 kg packages each country
https://www.dhl.de/en/geschaeftskunden/express/produkte-und-services/zuschlaege.html

UPS
On each package UPS adds 5,60 EUR for additional efforts (large packages 50,00 EUR and bulky package 90,00 EUR)
+ 0,22 EUR per KG for each country
+ 0,66 EUR per KG for China
https://www.ups.com/assets/resources/media/PSS_page_surcharges_overview.pdf

FedEx Economy & Express
+ 0,20 EUR per KG for each country, min. 0,90 EUR  per shipment
+ 0,90 EUR per KG for China
+ 44,85 EUR per freight shipment
https://www.fedex.com/en-de/shipping/surcharges/temporary-surcharges.html

30.10.2020
myGermany is still working and expects your packages and eMail requests!
We still have our employees working in warehouse and for communication

It is our top priority to ensure that our team, their families and their friends are healthy and protected. Each of our employees works with own equipment only. But we are still here for you and we would love to serve you, and ask you for patience as we are working with 80% work-bench only.

We do process

  • incoming packages after a 48-72 h
  • outgoing packages after 48-96 h
  • Concierge ist still working and will be done within 24 h weekdays. In case items are not available, your payment will be 100% refunded.
  • Consolidations will take 2-5 business days

Please note also, that we have added for each of you an additional +60days free storage 🙂

As long as our carriers are still working, we do so too. All are continuing to operate to and within impacted countries as local conditions and restrictions allow. Please also note that packages will be delivered without signature-proof only.

23.03.2020
myGermany still accepts new registrations!


Thank you for your registration with myGermany GmbH. We are pleased to welcome you as our customer.

This time are special and difficult times for all of us. We still accept new customers, please register with us!
You and your wishes are important to us, therefore we try tirelessly to work on your requests as fast as possible and finally to reply. We still receive, process and send packages! Also our Concierge Service is still working for you.

16.03.2020
myGermany still receives packages!

myGermany still receives packages in the warehouse. According to accepted legal and scientific requirements, we put all incoming package in 24h quarantine bevore we process it. Viruses do not survive longer than 24 hours on cardboard. Thus, we try to minimze infection risk for customers and employees.

10.03.2020
myGermany Availability — warehouse work bench 50%

myGermany emplosees are still working Monday to Friday for 8 hours, but with 50% work power / employees only. Because the German Government closed in Germany all schools and kindergartens so that parents have to manage the care for kids at home themselves. Some of our employees have taken / had to take vacation or short time work in order to care for their children.

10.03.2020
Extended Storage Time due Corona Crisis — Additonal 60 days free of  storage for myGermany customers

myGermany.com  would like to do its part to mitigate the consequences of corona and has decided to extend the free storage in our warehouse for additional 60 days until further notice (Standard/Sensitive Account 30+60  and Premium Account 60+60). With this, we grant our customers the possibility to collect and consolidate their products in quite and to have them delivered at the time that suits them best.

With the exception of protective clothing such as masks, gowns, and glasses, it is still possible to purchase products from German shops and manufacturers. If you are not sure if the products are subject to any restrictions in the current situation, simply use our Concierge Service and we will take care of the complete process from ordering, acceptance, invoicing and even the VAT refund.

06.03.2020
From 6th March 2020 onwards: Export ban on medical protective equipment from Germany

The German Federal Government decided on 4 March to impose an export ban on medical protective equipment.

https://www.bafa.de/DE/Aussenwirtschaft/Ausfuhrkontrolle/Coronavirus_Schutzausruestung/coronavirus_schutzausruestung_node.html

With immediate effect, our shipping service providers have stopped handling products affected by the export ban. As a result, we as a company will not export any medical respiratory masks, protective gowns and/or goggles until further notice.

Item to be received by myGermany from now on:
If we receive in-bounding packages containing forbidden items, we will either need to return at customer’s costs, or we can store it in our warehouse in order to get in forwarded once prohibition is over.

Items already with myGermany:
Protective clothes we have already in our warehouse (06.03.2020) might be forwarded (legal situation still quite unclear). If your customer instructs us to forward, we will attempt to do so at your responsibility (such packages might be delayed or returned to our warehouse).

Items not affected:
Not affected by this export ban are masks and clothing used in other areas, such as the craft trades, and disinfectants. If the situation continues to deteriorate and new products are put on the red list, we will inform our customers.

 

05.03.2020
Delays on several shipment routes accross the world for all carriers!

DHL Standard Shipments (Weltpaket) suspended their routes to China incl. Hong Kong and Macau.

All carriers announced that due to the limited available capacity for international package and airfreight shipments into and out of Asia and US delays may happen. The capacity is reaching a critically limited level, any bookings that are time sensitive should be arranged with Express services only.

CONTACT

Please contact our team via eMail or via the form. Caused by the increased eMail requirements and the current situation, please bear with us and expect / accept a delay in eMail replies! Thanks, Johanna & myGermany team.

Extended Storage Time due Corona Crisis

An epidemic has now officially become a pandemic. This means that the coronavirus and infections are spread all over the world. We can already guess the economic consequences of the falling stock market values. Companies in the event, aviation and tourism industries are already suffering from massive cancellations and restrictions, but the logistics industry will also feel the effects with a delay in the coming months.

 

myGermany.com  would like to do its part to mitigate the consequences and has decided to extend the option of free storage in our warehouse from currently 30 days to 60 days until further notice. With this, we grant our customers the possibility to collect and consolidate their products in quite and to have them delivered at the time that suits them best.

 

With the exception of protective clothing such as masks, gowns, and glasses, it is still possible to purchase products from German shops and manufacturers. If you are not sure if the products are subject to any restrictions in the current situation, simply use our Concierge Service and we will take care of the complete process from ordering, acceptance, invoicing and even the VAT refund.

From 6th March 2020 onwards: Export ban on medical protective equipment

The year 2020 had begun with a contagious and fatal lung disease called Corona Virus or COVID2019 in the Wuhan region of China. When the virus had not yet left China and it was not yet foreseeable how it would spread, we, myGermany GmbH, helped to contain the spread. We made it possible for customers from China and the Asian region to buy face masks and disinfectants and then delivered them to you.

Since then, however, the spread has changed and with the outbreak in Italy two weeks ago, the number of infected people here in Germany is now also increasing significantly. In the course of this, the German Federal Government decided on 4 March to impose an export ban on medical protective equipment.

https://www.bafa.de/DE/Aussenwirtschaft/Ausfuhrkontrolle/Coronavirus_Schutzausruestung/coronavirus_schutzausruestung_node.html

With immediate effect, our shipping service providers have stopped handling products affected by the export ban. As a result, we as a company will not export any medical respiratory masks, protective gowns and/or goggles until further notice.

Item to be received by myGermany from now on:
If we receive in-bounding packages containing forbidden items, we will either need to return at customer’s costs, or we can store it in our warehouse in order to get in forwarded once prohibition is over.

Items already with myGermany:
Protective clothes we have already in our warehouse (06.03.2020) might be forwarded (legal situation still quite unclear). If your customer instructs us to forward, we will attempt to do so at your responsibility (such packages might be delayed or returned to our warehouse).

Items not affected:
Not affected by this export ban are masks and clothing used in other areas, such as the craft trades, and disinfectants. If the situation continues to deteriorate and new products are put on the red list, we will inform our customers.

CONTACT
For questions contact us at info@mygermany.com — please expect a delay in replying as we are facing an unexpected enhanced volume of eMail communication.

Reasons Behind The Strength of German Economy — myGermany

Reasons Behind The Strength of German Economy — myGermany

Germany is the industrial powerhouse and one of the largest exporter in Europe. It is the country whose economy alone has stopped the European countries to fall in recession. It is the only nation that has enough funds to save Europe. 

  • The Important Role of Industry

German Industry plays an important role to make it’s economy strong. In gross value added, the share of industry is 22.9 percent. Therefore, Germany is the highest country in the G7 countries. Vehicle construction, engineering industry, electrical industry, and chemical industry are the strongest sectors in Germany. 

  • High Exports

Germany is the 3rd largest exporting country Along with China and the USA. According to the data recorded goods worth 1,278.9 billion Euros were exported by Germany. Shipping from Germany is quite easy and affordable. Almost 40% was the export quota from over 50% in industry. 

  • Open Economy

Among all the G7 countries, Germany is the most open economy. This is concluded with the importance of foreign trade of the gross domestic product. In relation to the gross domestic product, 84.4 percent is foreign trade quota which you can say is the sum of imports and exports. If we start comparing it with the USA, then their quota is 26.7 percent. 

  • High Performing Medium Scale Industries

The German economy is built with the high performance of medium-sized enterprises. Medium-scale enterprises mean the company with an annual turnover of fewer than 50 million euros and employees less than 500. This economic sector holds 99.6 percent of German companies. Over 1000 companies in this sector are called hidden conquerors. It means they are publically less popular in international markets.

  • Best Trade Fair Location

International trade fairs are organized in Germany. It is the world’s primary location for trade fairs. Over two-thirds of the major international industrial events take place in Germany. Every year around 10 million visitors attend about 150 global trade fairs and exhibitions. 

  • Strong Economic Centers

Germany’s most important and strong economic centers are metropolitan areas of Stuttgart (vehicle construction), Frankfurt is Main (finance), Munich (high tech), Rhine-Neckar (chemicals, IT) and Hamburg (port, aircraft construction, media). The strong startup regions are Berlin/Brandenburg. 

  • Good Employment Rate

Germany is on its way to achieve full employment targets. In 2018, people who were unemployed were 2.2 million. Germany’s largest employers are Robert Bosch (402000), Deutsche Post (519,000), Siemens (372,000), Schwarz-Gruppe (retail, 400,000) and Volkswagen is the one to generate maximum employment opportunities. Around 642,000 employees worldwide. 

  • Labour Reforms

Labor reforms are another factor that helps the German economy to get stronger. To make Germany a strong economy, employment protection legislation and a degree of trust took an initiative to build a close relationship with labor unions so that they can push them for moderation in wage inflation. These reforms lead to the formation of a stable and flexible labor market. 

  • Relationship With Education 

The German education system is the major reason behind the strength of the German economy. Mr. Woergoetter calls a societal preference in which they allow children to spend time with their families that’s why they finish school before lunchtime. 

With all of these important factors, one another factor that can be included is German shipping companies like myGermany.com. This company delivers products to your doorstep worldwide from Germany. All that you need to do is order your product at the German shipping address and they will provide your package to you at affordable prices.

New postal code information required for shipping to Saudi Arabia

If you ship to Saudi Arabia, please note that from September 30, 2019, you will need to use the correct postal codes and postal code formats when you ship to Saudi Arabia using our automation solution.
From the effective date without correct postal code information we will cannot guarantee the delivery-
This change will help to prevent lost or abandoned shipments, enhancing our customer service, as well as satisfying regulatory compliance requirements.y.

Country Code Region Postal Format Effective September 30, 2019
SA
Saudi Arabia
Middle East NNNNN (5 digits)

New postal code information required for shipping to Ecuador, Romania and Slovakia

New postal code information required for shipping to Ecuador, Romania and Slovakia

If you ship to Ecuador, Romania and/or Slovakia, please note that from 1 April 2019, you will need to use the correct postal codes and postal code formats when you ship to any of these three countries using your account.

From the effective date without correct postal code information we cannot guarentee that your package will reach you safely.

This change will help to prevent lost or abandoned shipments, enhancing our customer service, as well as satisfying regulatory compliance requirements.

Do you use the address book feature?

If you frequently use the address book feature or other recipient address source, please update any entries for these countries and save the correct postal code and format by March 31, 2019. We recommend updating your recipient delivery address information now to prevent issues with shipping label generation.

The following table shows the postal formats for these countries. Please note that Ecuador postal formats are also changing.

Country Code Region Postal Format Effective April 1, 2019
EC
Ecuador
LAC XXXXXX (6 digits)*
RO
Romania
EU XXXXXX (6 digits)
SK
Slovakia
EU XXXXX (5 digits)

FedEx is set to deliver seven days per week all year-round from the beginning of January 2020

The package shipping company, FedEx Ground, is set to deliver seven days per week all year-round from the beginning of January 2020, according to Supply Chain Dive.

Having been launched as an extension to its current offering, the company has confirmed that the expansion will allow FedEx to meet the increasing demand for parcel shipments. In a statement, FedEx president and COO Raj Subramaniam, commented: “The average daily volume for small parcels in the U.S. is expected to double by 2026.

FedEx has slowly managed to expand its delivery days and times as it moves closer to the future of supply chains – a 24/7 logistics model. With 3PL making six-day weeks the norm for deliveries, the company introduced an Extra Hours service, which ships retailers’ afternoon orders on the same day. The firm has continued to increase its operational capabilities in order to handle large package deliveries, which are usually followed by more fees and white glove services. “These large packages now comprise more than 10% of FedEx Ground’s volume, and the growth is expected to continue” Subramaniam added.

FedEx Express Policy Change on Lithium Battery Shipments (Effective January 1st, 2017)

FedEx Express is making the following changes to our Dangerous Goods (DG) shipping policy. This independent initiative anticipates prospective regulatory changes in response to growing concerns about the safe handling of bulk or standalone shipments of lithium batteries.

As of January 1st, 2017 FedEx Express customers sending bulk shipments of lithium batteries (United Nations (UN) number 3090 & United Nations (UN) number 3480) can only do so by treating all such shipments as fully regulated Dangerous Goods (DG) commodities.

This initiative also helps us increase the visibility of lithium battery types throughout our network and ensure the integrity of such DG shipments until their final destinations.

 

How does this initiative change bulk lithium battery shipments?
With effect from January 1st, 2017, FedEx Express customers shipping UN 3090 & UN 3480 shipments must carry out the following steps:

    • Add a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods which can only be completed by DG-trained personnel.
    • Include the United Nations (UN) number on the Lithium Battery Mark (IATA Figure 7.1.C), which you can use as of January 1st, 2017. However, if you would like to use up your pre-labeled packaging or labeling you have in stock with the Lithium Battery Label (IATA Figure 7.4.H), you may continue to do so until December 31st, 2018, after which the Lithium Battery Mark becomes mandatory.Note:

      if using the Lithium Battery Label, FedEx requests that you add the UN number on the package adjacent to this label [FX-05]. This will become a mandatory requirement by FedEx on July 1st, 2017.

    • In addition, although this new rule does not apply to individual lithium batteries packed with or contained in equipment (UN3091 and UN3481 as defined in Section II), you will need to follow the same instructions as explained above regarding the inclusion of the Lithium Battery Mark or the Lithium Battery Label.

 

  • Add a Class 9 Lithium Battery Label and Cargo Aircraft Only label to each shipment
  • Review all lithium battery shipment packing to ensure it meets IATA packing instructions UN 3480 — PI965 & UN 3090 — PI968.Note that a Dangerous Goods handling surcharge might apply to shipments containing such lithium batteries.

 

Where can you find more information?

How International Trade Works

May is World Trade month and normally a time when we highlight the benefits of trade to the American economy. The fact is the US economy benefits enormously from trade.  If you are following the political campaign you will know there has been a lot of debate about trade and its impacts on our economy.

From an economic standpoint virtually all economists agree (one of the rare areas of agreement) that trade stimulates economic growth and raises incomes across an economy.  But they also acknowledge not everyone benefits and there are real costs associated with job and career transitions in some affected industries.  But most believe that those costs are small compared to the long-term benefits to the economy.

Economists point out the impact of trade is really about the re-distribution of jobs throughout an economy – with more jobs being created in the sectors that the US excels in – and there are many of those – and fewer jobs in sectors where other countries are more competitive.  This adjustment, over time, makes the US economy stronger, more productive and more competitive globally.

A recent study looked at potential workplace adjustments in the labor force related to TPP and found under the most realistic scenario the number of jobs affected would be a tiny fraction of the normal job transitions in the US economy.  Under this same scenario TPP’s benefits will outweigh its costs by over 17:1 during the ten year period of adjustment. After the adjustment period, the benefit-cost ratio rises to over 356:1, according Robert Lawrence, the study’s author.

The fact that trade creates adjustments in the workforce is not a flaw – that is what is supposed to happen.  If there is a flaw, and many economists believe there is, it is that the US labor market is too rigid – it is not easy to change jobs and to get re-trained to take advantage of the new opportunities produced by the global economy.

Labor market rigidity does two things:  1) it prolongs the pain for those transitioning jobs or careers, especially those in the second half of their working lives; and 2) it limits the economic benefits of our trade policy because the reallocation of jobs towards the more competitive sectors does not happen as fully or as quickly as it should.

Making the US job market more fluid and flexible – and better able to adjust to inevitable evolution of the global economy should be one of our top economic priorities.  What would be helpful is a comprehensive and balanced review of US labor and tax laws, as well as our education system, to come up with a modern and effective set of measures to help workers transition and get the training and education they need to take on the new jobs that our economy is producing.  There are millions of jobs that go unfilled today because we don’t have people with the right skills.

These kinds of initiatives would help the U.S. better realize the gains from trade and increase the public support for trade.  This is actually how trade is supposed to work – some small portion of the benefits is used to help those most affected.

There can be no doubt that protectionism is the wrong solution.  Raising tariffs hurts the economy, especially the middle class, by raising prices, reducing choice and limiting competition.   The fact is the U.S. economy became the strongest, most innovative and most competitive economy in the world because we embraced trade and rejected protectionism.  That’s a platform for success that we should all embrace.

Higher Duty-Free Limits for the U.S.

If you haven’t heard much about the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015, you’re not alone. The bill was just passed by Congress, and while it didn’t get a lot of attention outside of Washington, the positive changes it brings are significant.  The law will modernize and speed up the customs clearance process in the United States. We know how important efficient customs clearance is to our customers, so FedEx and others worked hard to help get this bill through Congress.

One of the biggest changes that everyone will benefit from is the increase in the de minimis level from $200 to $800.  This means you can be anywhere in the United States and purchase items up to $800 from anywhere in the world duty-free.

Before this bill, tourists returning from international trips could carry back up to $800 of merchandise duty free. But if they shipped those exact same goods, only the first $200 was duty free.  This bill fixes this anomaly. This amounts to a huge tax cut for the millions of Americans who shop online for products from Paris to Peru.   Having the new duty-free threshold at $800, along with a simplified return process, will now make cross-border ecommerce cheaper, faster and more predictable.

This is just one part of a larger bill that simplifies the import process, which is good for American competitiveness.  With today’s global supply chains, finished goods are seldom completely made in one country – they have parts and value added from many different global markets.  Research has shown when a country improves its processing of imports, the biggest improvement is often in its own exports!  So, you can see that in order to compete globally as a manufacturer, U.S. companies need rapid and reliable access to parts sourced around the world – and these new rules streamline that process.

Just to highlight two examples – the new bill advances the ACE (Automated Cargo Environment) program which moves the United States further towards a fully automated clearance procedure, and also supports the new Single Window clearance system, where importers can file only one set of import documents to receive clearance from multiple U.S agencies. These two changes will help bring customs clearance into the digital age and will have enormous benefits for everyone involved in international trade, especially small businesses.

In addition to facilitating trade, the bill also strengthens U.S. enforcement tools. The new rules include increased information sharing between customs and the owners of copyrighted and trademarked goods, and increased training of customs personnel to detect and stop intellectual property violations.  It also strengthens mechanisms to prevent customs fraud and improve measures to ensure consumer safety for imported goods.

What’s clear is the new rules will go a long way in helping our customers take advantage of the enormous opportunities the global economy presents. By doing so, they’ll also  help make the U.S. the most competitive economy in the world.  For me, that’s a delivery worth celebrating.

Significantly more air and sea freight at DB Schenker

At the presentation of the annual balance sheet for 2017, the Deutsche Bahn Group announced a positive development of business at DB Schenker with 71,888 employees worldwide. Despite a strong presence of some competitors, the logistics service provider was able to maintain its market position in European land transport and achieved moderate sales growth to EUR 6.6 billion. The volume transported in Europe increased by 0.8 percent to 100.45 million shipments.

Airfreight volume increased by 10.3 percent to 1.3 million tons. Contract logistics recorded a 4.8% increase in sales to EUR 2.6 billion and now manages 8 million m² of warehouse space worldwide. Sea freight accounts for an 8.1 percent increase in volumes to around 2.2 million TEU compared to the previous year.

“We have kept word and delivered. However, the pleasing figures cannot hide the fact that we have to improve our quality and punctuality, “said the CEO of Deutsche Bahn, Richard Lutz. DB sales grew slightly year-on-year to EUR 42.7 billion. The operating result (EBIT adjusted) rose by EUR 206 million (+10.6 percent) to EUR 2.15 billion.

Rail freight traffic fell by 2.2 percent to 92.65 billion tonne-kilometers compared to the previous year. With a comprehensive concept for realignment, the DB Cargo freight railway is currently returning to a sustainable track.

Chinese New Year from February 16 to March 2, 2018

On February 16, 2018, the Chinese New Year begins. It is the most important Chinese holiday, which is why many stores will be closed in China for the next 15 days.

To ensure that your shipments to China arrive at their destination without delay and additional costs, we recommend that you plan ahead of time.

Important changes for shipping FDA-regulated healthcare products

Exporting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulated products to the US has always required shippers to provide mandatory product information set by the FDA on their shipping documentation.

Recently the FDA increased the number of data elements required to complete shipping entries which included the addition of FDA Product and Intended Use Codes, preferably as part of the accompanying commercial invoice or on a separate information sheet. These are compulsory and make entering UNKNOWN (UNK) in any category no longer acceptable.

The new additions apply to all FDA-controlled commodities — medical devices, human and animal drugs and biological products — with the biggest impact being on medical devices. If any part of the accompanying shipping documentation is inaccurate or incomplete, such shipments will no longer be accepted for entry into the US.

As a result, in order to avoid shipment delays, we encourage all FedEx customers exporting FDA-regulated products to make sure their shipping documentation is accurate, complete and fully FDA-compliant.

For more information on how to check that your shipping documentation complies with the new regulations, please click here. Alternatively you can follow the guidelines provided on the FDA website.

Specifying Section II lithium batteries when preparing your shipment online

IATA has reported that lithium batteries are now the preferred energy source for many consumer goods ranging from mobile phones and children’s toys to cars and e-bikes. Such shipments are however considered dangerous goods and can pose a safety risk if not prepared in accordance with transport regulations. Click here to get more information.

Mitigate risk and improve safety

From now on, when you prepare shipments containing lithium batteries Section II (UN3481 & UN3091) using FedEx Ship ManagerTM at fedex.com please indicate which type(s) of lithium batteries you have included in your shipment.

As Section II lithium batteries are less regulated than other type of lithium batteries, your selection will help us increase their visibility throughout our network; and ensure the safety and integrity of your dangerous goods shipments until their final destinations.

Easy to use

  1. In the header at the top of this page, select Ship and then Ship online – all features
  2. Enter your login & password, if you are not logged in yet
  3. Select Ship and then Create a Shipment to complete your shipment details
  4. Under the Special Services (optional) section, select “Lithium Batteries/Cells” and the description that applies to your shipment:
    • Lithium Ion Batteries/Cells packed with equipment (UN 3481 — Packing Instruction 966)
    • Lithium Ion Batteries/Cells contained in equipment (UN 3481 — Packing Instruction 967)
    • Lithium Metal Batteries/Cells packed with equipment (UN 3091 — Packing Instruction 969)
    • Lithium Metal Batteries/Cells contained in equipment (UN 3091 — Packing Instruction 970)

To learn more

  • Visit our page dedicated to lithium battery shipping.
  • Contact your FedEx Express Customer Services and ask for the Dangerous Goods Specialist
  • Read more about lithium batteries in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations Manual available for purchase at iata.org. This manual contains information on lithium battery packing, marking, labelling & documentation.

FedEx Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a groundbreaking achievement and is the most modern, ambitious and economically significant trade agreement the US has ever negotiated. The TPP covers a market of over 800 million people, 40% of global GDP and almost 30% of global trade – and it’s remarkable for a host of reasons.

It will eliminate 18,000 duties, including all duties on manufactured goods. This will create thousands of new and improved export opportunities for our customers and more business for FedEx. Lower duties on imports also helps U.S. consumers and businesses through greater choice and lower prices. Remember that, on average, exports contain 40% imported content – this reflects the reality of the modern global supply chains where things are “made in” many different countries. So reducing tariffs on imported parts and materials will actually help make U.S. exports more competitive.

This is important because the TPP includes Japan, which is one of the top export destinations for American products, as well as rapidly growing economies like Malaysia and Vietnam, whose growing middle classes will be buying more US consumer and capital goods for years to come. These markets represent real growth opportunities for American companies.

The TPP will mean faster, more reliable and more transparent customs clearance. One example – the agreement requires the release of express shipments within 6 hours of arrival.   Streamlining customs clearance will help our customers, especially small businesses, get their goods into their consumers’ hands faster, helping them become even more competitive.

The TPP expands opportunities for services suppliers, like FedEx, to operate overseas and has new provisions that will help ensure TPP supply chains operate efficiently. This is something that FedEx supported from the beginning of the negotiations.

For the first time, an entire chapter of the agreement is devoted to helping small and medium sized businesses take advantage of the TPP. It is a recognition of the vital role that small businesses can and should play in international trade.

The TPP also brings trade and investment into the modern, digital age. The TPP is the first agreement to seriously protect an open internet and to ensure the free movement of data across borders, which is important for every business in today’s global economy, and is especially critical to the continued growth of global e-commerce.

Finally, the TPP can become the primary platform for deeper and broader economic integration and trade liberalization in the high-growth Asia-Pacific region. Already, countries like the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand have expressed interest in joining TPP. As more countries join the TPP the economic impacts will continue to multiply.

For all of these reasons FedEx strongly supports the TPP and we look forward to its passage in 2016.   We will be working with Congress, the Administration, other companies and stakeholders to explain the benefits of the TPP and move the agreement to a vote this year.   With continued weak economic growth, we need TPP now more than ever.

Shipment Lithium Batteries (like SmartPhones and other technical devices)

DHL and Deutsche Post banned shipping by air anything containing a lithium battery. But shipments with lithium batteries up can be sent via FedEx Express (if packed with equipment or contained in equipment). An additional document will be required, wherefore myGermany fully supports you!

 

Saudia Arabia, Change in customs authorities instructions

As per Saudi Arabia Customs Authorities instructions, goods imported into Saudi Arabia require Import of Record identification to be presented at the time of customs clearance. The failing to provide the required documents will lead to a delay until the necessary documents are provided. This new import procedure is effective since September 13th, 2015.

Yemen (read also the update here)

Due to the fragile security situation and increased military activity, DHL has suspended all services to and from Yemen until further notice.

All shipments destined for Yemen that have not entered the country so far, will be returned to the sender or redirected upon customer requests. Shipments that are already in Yemen cannot be returned at the moment as Sanaa airport is heavily damaged. Aden airport is closed due to ongoing fights.

DHL is closely monitoring the situation and is doing everything to keep service restrictions as low as possible. We will inform you as soon as the situation changes.

Update May 2015:
The restrictions are partly canceled. Shipment of documents are possible.

France, Air Traffic Controller Strike

To force negotiations on the working conditions, the largest French air traffic controllers union SNCTA has called its members to strike. The strike began April 8, at 4:00 and is expected to next Friday, April 10 4:00 in the morning.

In order to keep any disturbances in the network process as low as possible, DHL and FedEx have responded accordingly. They have changed flights, flight times and routes and programs, where possible, have redirected to alternative transport routes.

Despite these measures, delays are possible.