DHL gains Australian Trusted Trader Program accreditation

Freight forwarding giant set to reap trade facilitation benefits after gaining entry to government scheme

DHL gains Australian Trusted Trader Program accreditation
DHL is now the largest service provider to be granted entry to the program.


DHL Global Forwarding has earned a seat at the table with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection after gaining full accreditation to the Australian Trusted Trader Program.

The voluntary trade facilitation initiative operates within Australia’s Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) program and offers benefits to members including priority trade services, a streamlined process to become and accredited sponsor for the 457 visa program, a dedicated account manager and direct access to DIBP to discuss issues and initiatives affecting trade.

The initial pilot of the scheme was launched in 2015 and DHL is now the largest service provider to be granted entry, after signing the formal agreement last month.

DHL Freight Forwarding South Pacific CEO Tony Boll says, "This accreditation is recognition of the commitment DHL has made to supply chain security, high compliance standards and the display of best industry practices as set by the DIBP.

"Government-led programs such as this are incredibly important for our industry and we are proud to be awarded trusted trader status."

Trusted traders have access to differentiated examinations in countries where Australia has signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).

MRAs have been established between the Australian Government and trading partners including New Zealand Customs service, Republic of Korea Customs Service, Canada Border Services Agency and Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department.

The MRAs are designed to provide trusted trader exporters faster access to international markets through reciprocal agreements with ARA partner countries.

Sneha Chatterjee from the Australian Border Force welcomed DHL to the Australian Trusted Trader Program.

"This is a forum to discuss issues and initiatives that directly affect trade communities, and it provides an opportunity to shape the future direction of policy and programs," Chatterjee says.

The trusted trader program is free to join and accreditation is available to all Australian businesses that are active in international supply chain and who meet the required standards.

Other businesses who are members of the program include GM Holden, BCR Australia, Teys Australia and Pacific Brands.

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