DHL expands Worldwide Clearance System

DHL Worldwide Express has expanded its WorldWide Clearance System (WCS), powered by Open Harbor Inc.'s real-time, Web-based platform, to its Ireland operations in Cork, Shannon and Dublin, the companies said this week in a statement.

DHL launched Open Harbor's advanced customs-clearance system in Malaysia in September. Belgium-based DHL is owned by German postal company Deutsche Post World Net.

When fully implemented, the WCS will support DHL's global operations and facilitate customs clearance for millions of packages annually, the companies said.

"WCS will provide DHL with total customs-clearance systems integration and real-time visibility into the global trade process," Jeffrey Bass, the express company's WCS program director, said in the statement. "In Malaysia, we're already recognizing a significant boost in operational efficiency."

San Carlos, Calif.-based Open Harbor's automated system collects and continuously updates regulatory data. The system now holds over 8 million trade rules, the company said.

WCS allows DHL to view and handle all clearance transactions from export through import. The system includes data validation; global product catalog, including Harmonized System classification codes; electronic declaration filing; forms printing; and exception management, the companies said.

Unlike other global trade management systems that require constant monitoring by the customer, Open Harbor's exception-based management automatically highlights all clearance issues that require human intervention, the companies said.

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