Online retailers have options when it comes to shipping high-volume parcels destined for the U.S. But with so many parcels entering the country every day, some ports aren’t able to process the influx of imports as quickly as others.
Many retailers benefit from an Express Customs Facility, otherwise known as an ECCF or HUB. It’s through these that express parcels entering the U.S. get sorted through for expedited inspection and release.
One of the world’s leading HUBs for global e-commerce is located in Miami, Florida, thanks to its strategic gateway location between the Americas and the Caribbean. It offers express clearances through a secure clearance process that can save retailers money. Here’s how.
Express HUBs are recognized as customs facilities because they’ve been approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for the examination of express consignment shipments. These shipments are transported by an express consignment operator or carrier via air and processed in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) through direct electronic transmission of entry data. With express, the exam and release process is quickly expedited since there are officers on site, in addition to CBP-AS (Agriculture Specialists).
This benefits retailers with time-critical shipments in-transit or aircraft on ground (AOG) for events like, trade shows, photoshoots and fashion shows. For parcels sent non-express that may be subject to holds, retailers have to wait until customs inspects and releases them, which can lead to delays.
IBC’s Miami Express Courier Hub can move parcels quicker because it has more capabilities than other ports of entry into the U.S. It operates outside of regular customs hours with two CBP shifts. This allows IBC to recover your parcels as late as 5:00 pm, and still get them out the door to the final mile provider same-day.
Fulfill at origin
Another benefit of express clearance is fulfillment from origin. It’s a great tool for shipments, such as Fulfillment by Merchant (FMB). FBM is when the retailer is in control of the entire handling and shipping process. So instead of paying a service fee for someone else to handle fulfillment, the retailer sends the items directly to the buyer on their own.
When a parcel is fulfilled outside of the U.S., IBC can then ship it via express to one of our express facilities for clearance. We recover goods, clear them through customs duty free if under $800 and deliver them to the final mile provider, saving the seller money in the long-run.
Courier companies that engage directly with e-commerce or express parcels from a domestic capacity can reach the U.S Express market by using one of IBC’s Express solutions.
With the new Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act in effect, overseas shippers using the USPS system are required to provide advance electronic data (AED) before parcels enter the U.S. As a result of the act, IBC has seen a huge increase in express services via its Miami Hub.
The STOP Act may impose fees up to $1.00 per parcel. That’s why many sellers are relying on IBC’s turnkey solutions to minimize the impact of new regulations. IBC is able to bring your parcels in via express channels rather than postal services. This eliminates the likelihood of delays associated with the STOP Act to ensure there are no slow downs in your shipping process.
Import Goods into the U.S. With IBC
IBC is the largest independent operator of ECCF and Express HUB facilities in the U.S., with strategic locations in New York, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. If you import goods into the U.S., working with a global logistics provider like IBC that offers express services can help expedite and streamline the process. To learn more about our services, contact us today.