Schiphol Cargo has teamed up with Dutch Customs to come up with an innovative solution to help speed e-commerce packages through the hub.
The new, simplified e-commerce declaration is called VENUE and has been launched by Dutch Customs as a solution to keep growing volumes of smaller moving smoothly through Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The rise in e-commerce is changing the supply chain and last year Customs saw a 15% increase in declaration, even though volumes at Amsterdam remained stable.
“Together with Dutch Customs we are engaged in cooperating with stakeholders at the airport to find new ways of working which can further improve efficiencies,” said Saskia van Pelt, Business Development Director, Schiphol Cargo.
“The air cargo market is changing and we are seeing a huge increase in e-commerce parcels. At Schiphol we are focused on ensuring we continue to provide a high quality, efficient service for our e-commerce customers and VENUE will help us to do just that.”
VENUE helps shippers import and export items that are being increasingly purchased via e-commerce platforms – such as fashion, personal care, and homeware – throughout the Union Customs Code Transition period, which ends in January 2021.
VENUE-authorised shippers are able to submit a pre-declaration leaving out one or more particulars, such as the HS code, and with goods valued at EUR22 or less requiring no supplementary declaration.
VENUE has significant advantages because generating HS codes can be time consuming and this innovative solution allows particulars to be provided to Customs in a supplementary declaration of a periodic nature.
The VENUE declaration will be available until Q3 2019 and is just one of Amsterdam’s initiatives to keep e-commerce moving smoothly at the airport.