SEW-EURODRIVE, world leading manufacturer of drive technology, has gained Australian Trusted Trader status with Australian Border Force.
“The main advantage of ATT status is reduced red tape at the border”, says Fred Pizzicara. National Procurement Manager for SEW.
Australian Trusted Traders are viewed by Border Force as low risk. When you deal with a company that has ATT status, you know it has met World Customs Organisation standards.
Trusted Trader, which is administered by the Department of Home Affairs with Australian Border Force, accredits Australian businesses with compliant trade practices and a secure supply chain.
Companies that are Australian Trusted Traders gain the benefits of less red tape at the border and simplified customs processes. Things such as tariffs, valuations and origin, duty drawback claims, and refund and remission applications for customs import duty all become streamlined.
Pizzicara says “SEW has also gained an assigned account manager at Australian Border Force, that means we can get an answer on things much faster.”
That means improved certainty in export markets, faster flow of their cargo in and out of Australia, and quicker access to the market.
Pizzicara Says “the process began with an inquiry to Border Force in March 2019 and took several months of documents being filled in with input from other SEW departments including IT, HR and Compliance, meetings and a visit from Border Force officers to SEW’s Melbourne and Sydney office.”
Trusted traders also find it simpler to bring in an especially skilled worker on a temporary skills shortage visa.
Pizzicara says “that being an Australian Trusted Trader sends a message to the world that we are a good company, a good corporate citizen that has all these values in place. It makes people happy and more confident to deal with us.”