We began to invest in intermodal transport (transportation using more than one mode of transport) at the beginning of 2008, along with launching the Customs and Port Department in Gdynia. After 7 years of dynamic development, we have significantly extended the range of our services with new modes of transporting goods, and we have specialized in comprehensive customs services.
The Customs and Port Department allowed us to extend the scope of activities with additional – sea and rail modes of transport, and also enabled us to implement new solutions: multimodal transport and our own customs agency.
Thanks to the changes introduced, we have opened up to the European markets and our Polish business partners got new opportunities of transporting their goods to foreign recipients. With the use of, for example intra-Community transport, conducted through ports in Gdynia and Gdansk, they can export goods from/to their partners located in: Spain, Portugal, Ireland, England and South Scandinavia.
The time of order delivery is of a great importance, that is why, for each type of goods, we select the most appropriate (the fastest and adjusted to the specificity of goods) mode of transport: sea, rail or road. In this way, we ensure the timely delivery of goods to a final recipient, keeping at the same time the highest safety standards of transporting goods.
A mode of transport is not enough. In the case of both exported and imported goods, the customs clearance time is something that counts.
Omega Pilzno – intermodal transport
Source: Own work
OMEGA Pilzno Customs Agency
In November 2012, we received AEO certificate based on which the Customs Administration allowed us to introduce simplified procedures for customs clearance in all container terminals in Tricity.
The most important benefits of using this solution include:
- the possibility of VAT suspension on account of import of goods and settling VAT in the tax return (with no obligation to pay tax to customs authorities during customs clearance),
- the possibility of quick disposal of goods,
- the optimization of total transport costs (through removing staying and parking fees and storage costs),
- the reduction of bureaucracy (customs procedures are performed by a specially designated customs agent, not a customs officer).
What does the scheme of simplified customs clearance look like in practice?
The first stage is receiving goods. Imported goods are transported by sea, exported ones – by road. The information about the planned delivery of goods to a country is sent by an operator to a designated freight forwarded, and then – to a target customer. Before the goods are transported to a port or a station, a customer should provide goods documentation to a freight forwarder.
The second stage is checking a submitted goods specification for legal conformity. The customs agency is obliged to check the submitted documents with regard to its factual content and possible restrictions, e.g. SANEPID (sanitary-epidemiological service), IJHARS (marketable quality of agricultural and food products), WIORIN (plant and seed protection) or GPWK (veterinary control).
The positive result of documents control allows to conduct appropriate import-export customs clearance. The control results are created by a customs agent in XML file and sent to an appropriate customs department via email.
The final stage is granting a marketing authorization for goods by the Custom Office. If a customs agent did not err during control, the goods may be released and granted a marketing authorization soon after its end. After receiving a permission from the customs, a container or general cargo (goods transported on a few pallets) can be collected from a port and transported to a final recipient.
Thanks to the simplified customs procedures, the goods may be faster released for further transport, which results mainly in their timely delivery to a customer. The lack of unnecessary administrative procedures and the presence of an individual customs agent noticeably improve the customs clearance and, as a result – accelerate order fulfillment. For a customer, it means reducing the time of waiting for goods and the optimization of the costs relating to legal and customs procedures.
You should remember that quick customs clearance depends mainly on well prepared documentation. Before you entrust your goods to a transport company, ensure that is has a qualified team of employees who are ready to explain to you complicated customs and tax regulations, to help you prepare applications for sanitary, fitosanitary and marketable quality certificates, and – in case of any trouble – to intermediate between you and the Customs Office in giving relevant explanations.
A harmonious combination of shipping and logistics with customs activities allows transport companies to expand a range of services with new solutions. By providing new transport opportunities to recipients, they increase their chance to establish cooperation with foreign business partners and support development of the international transport industry in the TSL industry.