Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DHL Offers Smooth Logistics to Fashion Businesses with Export Hopes

Face Maze of Export Regulations in Battle for Foreign Markets
Shipping News Feature

UK — As smaller UK fashion brands attempt to rebuild momentum in foreign export markets, global shipping experts DHL Express say that new growing businesses will face an uphill struggle in getting products to market unless they properly understand the restrictions they’ll face in moving samples and products around the world – especially when selling outside of the European Union.

Experts at DHL Express have highlighted some of the quirkiest and most unusual customs regulations for fashion brands to watch out for - that could make all the difference in winning in new markets.

Top quirky customs on the DHL Express watch-list for fashion brands include:

• Algeria requires synthetic and wool cloth textiles to contain no more than 10 samples

• Gambia – only odd pairs of shoes may be imported, and fabric and fabric samples may not exceed a value of up to USD25.00 only

• Mexico – shoe samples to be single shoes only and must be marked or mutilated through the bottom sole

• Nigeria – all leather and plastic footwear are prohibited, while handbags, belts, wallets, purses and suitcases of leather and plastic are prohibited too

• South Africa – shoes samples must be mutilated and stamped, while pairs are prohibited

• India – shoes should be singles, mutilated or odd pairs to avoid high duty

While it’s good news for some in:

• New Zealand – no export duty/tax for textiles/apparel

• Pakistan – leather garments have no sales tax

“Many customs regulations are based on complex local issues which can be difficult for a UK small business to anticipate and prepare for and UK businesses often take for granted the free movement of goods permitted within the EU,” says Phil Couchman, CEO of DHL Express UK and Ireland.

“Just because we live in a globalised world of international trade doesn’t mean that quirky customs won’t stop you getting your product to market. Not knowing these details could mean the difference between making a sale and winning in brand new markets.”

The importance of export markets for growing small fashion businesses is not to be underestimated – especially where key future markets are likely to be overseas – and DHL Express state that their research shows that half of small and medium-sized enterprises currently exporting expect demand for their products to grow in the next six months.

DHL Express further added that they have compiled extensive knowledge of the complexities of handling logistics for the fashion industry and are happy to assist anyone with needs in this field.