DHL (Plantation, Fla.) says a web-based system tracking system has been added to its DHL Global Forwarding Consolidated Distribution Service (CDS). The new service provides point-to-point tracking for shipments as they pass through DHL’s international freight forwarding and U.S. Express network. It also is a U.S. Import service that lets customers reduce brokerage fees and shorten delivery times for shipments originating in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
The relocation of manufacturing bases worldwide has required businesses to operate on a global scale, with products moving greater distances across multiple borders. To speed up shipments through this lengthened supply chain, DHL created CDS, a “virtual” warehouse which eliminates the need for a costly distribution center. With CDS, bulk shipments sent from overseas can be broken down and inducted directly into the DHL U.S. Express or Global Forwarding network for final delivery to the end consumer, bypassing time-consuming warehouse stops.
With web-based tracking, DHL customers can get full visibility of their goods through the CDS service, from point of production to point of purchase. Customers can track shipments from a single tracking site, and obtain near real time information on the status of shipments as they transfer from bulk international air or ocean line-haul shipments to smaller units within the DHL U.S. Express or Global Forwarding heavyweight network.
CDS shipments originating overseas are prepared with U.S. domestic shipping labels for transport via air or ocean. When the palletized shipments reach a DHL U.S. import gateway, they clear Customs as a bulk clearance under one Customs entry, lowering brokerage fees. The shipments are then broken down and inducted into the DHL U.S. Express or Heavyweight delivery network, and routed to the appropriate DHL service center for final delivery. The customer receives all inclusive, door-to-door pricing – a single invoice includes clearance charges, duties and taxes.
DHL customers using the CDS service can prepare shipments for DHL by using one of several electronic shipping options, including: DHL WebShip, DHL EasyShip automated shipment processing system, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) or XML technology – designed to work with a customer’s order management system.
CDS is increasingly being used by customers in the textile, electronics, pharmaceutical and other industries where a single importer-of-record has multiple final delivery points within the United States.