Nick Land, The China Post
The Taipei Customs Bureau, under the Ministry of Finance, announced yesterday that it is entering into a partnership with the Taiwan Office of the U.S.-based express transportation company FedEx to develop and reform its Customs Import Simplified Declaration System Phase II (dubbed X3). X3 is applicable to import items with post-tax values between NT$3,001 to NT$30,000. The improved X3 system uses Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to transmit data from companies seeking customs clearance via the Trade-van Information Services Company to customs, achieving the goal of paperless customs clearance automation by means of FedEx’s fast speed and convenient network. According to the Taipei Customs Bureau, “The results of the X3 system’s pretest were exceptional.” The X3 system simplifies the declaration of airfreight bills and shipping orders, increasing the speed and smoothness of customs clearance.
The bureau says that using X3 “it just took less than one hour to complete customs clearance procedures after cargo was delivered to CKS International Airport.” The paperless X3 system makes it unnecessary under normal circumstances for forwarders to print out declaration forms while transmitting the declaration data, cutting down on customs and express operators’ manpower, resources and document storage space. The system also simplifies and automates financial transactions involved in customs payments. FedEx is a US$15 billion subsidiary of Federal Express Corporation and one of the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast, reliable and time-definite transportation of more than 3.3 million items to 211 countries each working day. FedEx employs approximately 145,000 employees and has more than 45,000 drop-off locations, 663 aircraft and 44,500 vehicles in its integrated global network.