DFDS is now offering customs clearance as a service to customers in Belgium, and several customers have already shown an interest in buying this service from us, as it increases their ease of doing business. Photography – Tom D’haenens.
DFDS Seaways completed its first sales of customs declarations in Belgium. Gislene Alves, who only joined DFDS in October, has been very busy over the last few months with an application for certification as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and getting all necessary authorisations and guarantees for selling customs services. This was completed in record time, and last week the first sales for these services were completed and we started showing some revenue. Gislene says: “We had a thorough review and quality approval from Belgian Customs authorities, and it took some time to get all authorisations and systems in place so it was nice to finally launch the service to our customers. Within the next few weeks we should also obtain the AEO certification for DFDS Seaways NV, which again will simplify procedures for us.”
Sam de Wilde, Managing Director of DFDS Seaways NV, adds: “I would like to congratulate Gislene for all her efforts and also the group taxation department for assisting us in obtaining the authorisations and for the AEO application. The treasury department was also very responsive in providing the necessary guarantees. We have undertaken this project not only to prepare for Brexit but also to further raise the reputation and profile of our Belgian shipping activities. The first sales were for an existing multimodal customer, but we are confident we will be supplying these services for other customers, including other DFDS companies, in the near future. Several customers have already shown an interest in buying this service from us, as it increases their ease of doing business.”
April 25, 2019