Being a member state of European Union, WTO, World Customs organization, OPCW, CITES and other trade related global and regional organizations, Denmark is quite the perfect destination for expats and business people alike. Needless to say, this is one of the most lucrative countries for the logistics and freight industry as people move items in and out of the country.
Shipping to Denmark
Freight shipping to Denmark can be done in 3 ways: road, air and road
|Air Freight||Road Freight||Sea Freight|
|This is usually the perfect freight option for time sensitive cargo. When looking for a quote, keep in mind that it only indicates transport up to the airport. This means that you will need to pay additional charges yourself for such services as kerbside delivery, handling, storage, duties and taxes, quarantine fees etc||This is the perfect option for items that are in Denmark’s neighborhood. This service usually includes kerbside pick up and deliveries, though it is important to clarify that before signing the contract. However, the fee, in most cases, does not include packing or handling.||This is the perfect option for bulky items that are not too urgent. Ocean shipping can take days or weeks; it depends on the freight services being used. This option is ideal for vehicles, industrial goods and household goods among other items.|
Freight services start way before the containers hit the truck, ship or cargo plane. For starters, you should be aware of the restrictions that are imposed on anything moving into the country. This means that there are some things you cannot take with you into Denmark if you are relocating. The list of prohibited items will depend on the policies of your courier in addition to government restrictions.
General Import Restrictions
There are a few things that require regulatory and customs clearances before they are allowed into the country. These items include (but are not limited to) the following;
|Human body parts, corpses or animal body parts, embryos or disinterred/cremated remains, live animals and insects and wildlife|
|Explosives, firearms, and other weaponry|
|Perishable goods such as foodstuff that require refrigeration or other controls|
|Plants and other materials such as flowers|
|Money in cash or negotiable instruments such as bonds and stocks, as well as gambling and lottery devices|
|Shipment containing hazardous wastes, or if it is deemed to cause harm or damage to people, equipment or other items on the shipment|
|Shipment that is strictly forbidden n or out of the country as well as shipment that has a declared custom value for its specific destination|
|Items that are poorly packaged causing leakage or emitting odors|
|Items that are subject to trade zone restrictions|
General Documents Needed When Shipping To Denmark
The cargo being transported will heavily influence the documents to accompany the shipment. However, there are some documents that are required for all shipments. The exporter should work closely with the importer to ensure that the necessary licenses are obtained. These documents include
Certificate of origin showing where the item comes from
Bill of lading
Import duties and taxes certificates
Technical Barriers to Trade certifications
Import/export forms for goods that are under preferential duty or exemption
General Clearance Process
Now, once your shipment gets to Denmark, it goes through a clearance process. the process will largely depend on the cargo. However, the general process for all imports include the following steps
Once the cargo lands, it is classified as either for transit, storage consumption or re-exportation. The cargo further goes through customs. If the good come from a member country of EU and have not been cleared anywhere, they are categorized differently from goods that have been cleared by customs of another EU member.
The importer is then asked to present all the required documents after which the cargo is released if all the fees and charges are duly cleared.
Costs Incurred Include
Other than the regular cost of transportation that you pay to the courier company, you need to be aware of various other cots that you will incur in the process of shipping to Denmark. Some of these costs include;
Taxes and stamp duty
Transport to and from shipping yard
Duty rates depending on the items being shipped
When Picking the Right Logistics Company
There are so many companies that offer freight shipping to Denmark, and it can be overwhelming for a beginner. A few pointers can make the selection process a lot easier.
Research on the companies that are best reputed for their flawless shipping services to Denmark. Ask for a quote and consider how informed, professional and helpful they are. Let them explain to you exactly what you will be required to do. Once you are satisfied with their quote, policies, terms and conditions, get the contract. Look carefully through the fine print before signing.