Danish shipping firm Maersk has launched Customs Clearance online shipping management platform in seven European countries to help in hassle-free trading of goods.

The platform will be made available in Germany, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, the UK, and Spain.

The solution will be launched across the world by the end of this year.

Maersk said that international trade is subjected to diverse, wide controls and customs regulations whose compliance is essential to ensure that traded goods are entering and exiting legally.

In case of a delay, the entire plan gets affected while it also increases expenses such as storage costs, fines, and penalties for importers and exporters.

AP Moller – Maersk chief commercial officer Vincent Clerc said: “This new one-stop-shop allows us to timely and efficiently handle export and import declarations for our customers.

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“The solution provides downstream benefits of full governance and compliance, eliminates the need to provide a quote as pricing is displayed online, saving three to five minutes per quote.

“This new one-stop-shop allows us to timely and efficiently handle export and import declarations for our customers.”

“In other words, it saves our customers time, money and headaches, reducing the number of intermediaries they deal with from three or four to just one as well as paperwork, which subsequently reduces the time spent on transactional procedures.”

Maersk has already tested the platform in Germany for almost two years.

According to Maersk, this new functionality will cover all types of cargo for all its brands.

AP Moller – Maersk operates in 130 countries and employs nearly 84,000 people to enable and facilitate global supply chains to support trade globally.