AMI is to introduce click2ship Express Imports to South Africa, which it says will revolutionise express imports with the launch of an all-inclusive online service.
The new service is the imports counterpart of click2ship Express Exports, launched in South Africa in 2014, and click2ship Express Imports provides online quotes and booking for imports from any location in the world.
Prices include collection at origin, customs export entries, freight, customs clearance on arrival, and local delivery from airport to agent or consignee.
It is aimed at both freight agents at point of origin, and those in South Africa, with the goal of simplifying and speeding up the importing process, as well as providing agents with instant quotes that will help them to secure business by offering faster responses to customer enquiries.
AMI vice president for Africa, Milton French says: “Imports currently accounts for some 20 per cent of AMI’s turnover in South Africa, so the potential to grow imports business is considerable.”
“click2ship Express Imports is simple to use, provides attractive rates based on quality operators, and saves agents having to conduct time-consuming research into multiple suppliers in order to construct a quote. We believe this represents an appealing package.”
He adds: “click2ship Express Exports was a revolutionary concept for South Africa, and the market took a while to understand and accept it. But, now that agents recognise the savings in time and cost which it provides, the take-up is improving all the time.”
“We expect a similar experience with the new Imports version, and have great optimism for its longer-term prospects.”
The appearance and functionality of the click2ship Express Imports portal is deliberately based closely on the Exports site, so existing customers will find it familiar and easy to use.