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Another significant benefit to ATS clients using the Australian shipping lane is the consistent customs process.
Provo, UT, Monday, May 1, 2012– Access Technology Solutions (ATS) is announcing the launch of its latest low-cost consolidated shipping lane into yet another booming Asia-Pacific market, Australia. By cutting out unnecessary middlemen, ATS is now directly delivering product from the U.S. to Australia in 4 to 5 days, generating a typical savings of 80% compared to common carrier’s published rates. In addition, the ATS consolidation to Australia eliminates remote fees, which can be as high as $24.00 for up to 20% of the population in Australia.
Another significant benefit to ATS clients using the Australian shipping lane is the consistent customs process. ATS broker-partners are expert at clearing for personal import, and each ATS client’s shipments are cleared by a broker assigned to their account. This personal attention eliminates unexpected fees that usually are the result of a common carrier broker not being familiar with the shipper’s products.
“Considering the size of Australia’s population relative to other Asia-Pacific markets we serve like Japan and China, the recent growth in volume of Australian imports is simply stunning. This growth is even more astonishing when you consider that most U.S. carriers charge prohibitively high shipping rates to Australia,” said Chris Boyle, Access’ co-founder and CEO. “Our global logistics team has cut out the unnecessary middlemen, so we are now delivering our clients huge savings on shipments into Australia. Our turn-key, cross-border commerce and logistics solution can literally have direct response brands generating substantial profits from Australia in a matter of weeks.”
Australians, who can import up to $1,000AU in goods without paying the 10% goods and services tax (GST), have embraced the global shopping mall as quickly as any other international markets in recent years. Australia’s attractive personal consumption import allowances are one reason direct-to-consumer sales to Australia from leading U.S. online brands are up over 100% year-over-year. Direct sellers can expect continued strong growth in Australia because digital commerce is currently only 3% of Australia’s retail spending, lagging far behind the U.S. and Britain where 12% to 15% of sales are digital-direct.
For shipments to Australia, ATS’ solution offers flexibility with duty/tax payments, enabling product to be delivered duty unpaid (DDU) or delivered duty paid (DDP). ATS clients are also able to declare a product’s value in either U.S. or Australian dollars, which delivers them even more flexibility when declaring values of shipments to Australia.
Australia trails France as the United States’ 14th largest trading partner. U.S. exports to Australia rose 26% in 2011 to $27.5 billion and U.S. exports rose almost 30% in January 2012. In the past decade, overall trade between the U.S. and Australia has grown almost 100%. Direct response selling and online commerce are both booming in Australia. Sales by members of the Direct Selling Association of Australia have reached $1.6 billion annually.
ATS’ dedicated Australian shipping and logistics solution considerably increases the speed of product delivery to warehouses, distribution centers, businesses and residential destinations throughout Australia. Although open to brands throughout the world, ATS’ Australian lane will provide direct-to-consumer brands in the U.S. and Asia-Pacific markets significant increases in delivery speed and equally dramatic decreases in shipping costs. ATS has built a strong reputation in the biggest Asia-Pacific markets during the last decade and today handles fast-growing volumes of freight into and out of the region.
Access Technology Solutions (ATS) is the leading international partner for the Direct Selling industry, helping some of the markets biggest names expand overseas faster, and with less risk and investment. With the ATS Global Access™ logistics portal, our clients tap a world class network of logistics partners for both shipping direct from the US and in-country warehousing. In addition, ATS provides ecommerce sites with our Distributor Portal™ service, which combines native language websites, customer support, and local payment methods.