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JAS Thailand Puts Emphasis on Automotive

By
Franck Portet
August 20, 2019

As of 2017, the Thailand automotive industry was the largest in Southeast Asia and the 12th largest in the world. The Thailand industry has an annual output of near two million vehicles (passenger cars and pickup trucks), more than countries such as Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, Czech Republic, and Turkey.

Most of the vehicles built in Thailand are developed and licensed by foreign producers, mainly Japanese, American, and Chinese but with several other brands as well for CKD production, notably BMW and Mercedes. The Thai car industry takes advantage of the ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) to find a market for many of its products. Thailand is one of the world's biggest markets for pickup trucks with over 50 percent market share for one-ton trucks.

Within this favorable context, our VP Automotive Vertical, Jim Ryan and our Global Account Director – Automotive Vertical APAC, Shane Ravel joined the first Automotive Sales Campaign in Thailand in March 2019, where they met with first/second tier suppliers such as LEAR, BorgWarner, Faurecia, CNH, IHI Turbo, American Axle, Continental, etc. The initiative has been managed and coordinated by Franck Portet (NSM for JAS TH) and his team members Mr. Kiattikhun Vunthong and Ms. Anong Chaliawsin.  

In order to mirror the vertical global initiative, JAS Thailand has assigned Kiattikhun Vunthong as National Account Manager – Automotive Vertical, who will be focusing on the development of automotive accounts in the “Detroit of the East” (Rayong area). JAS Thailand has already had a very productive year with Jim, Shane and the JAS TH team and are looking forward to having Shane in Thailand again to explore the huge potential available.

With Kiattikhun’s experience and the sales effort of our BDM – Anong Chaliawsin, from our Laem Chabang office, we are adding additional focus on the Automotive vertical.

With the expertise of the JAS TH team and the support from the global JAS Automotive industry, JAS Thailands looks forward to expanding and enabling their customers to have the best support available!

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Happy International Customs Day! We at JAS are thankful for our customs compliance team, and its adaptability as regulations have changed throughout the pandemic. Despite these constant changes and the new challenges that came with COVID-19, the implementation of USMCA, and the China 301 exclusions, the team has continued to stay up-to-date as they have navigated customers through the ever-changing regulations.  

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased focus on importing and exporting items such as PPE, thermometers, and sanitizers. Our customs compliance team quickly gathered information about these items and it was able to help customers import large volumes of these goods under the updated FDA guidelines required under the Emergency Use Authorization. To better guide our clients through these changes, the team hosted a well-attended webinar focusing on these requirements.

Seeing the positive response to the previous webinar, a few months later, JAS hosted another popular webinar on USMCA which replaced NAFTA. This webinar provided training and discussed key points about the new requirements of USMCA.

Additionally, at least ten clients received individualized training on various topics from USMCA to how to classify their goods. JAS issued a record number of client advisories this past year to assure that our clients were up-to-date on the latest changes to the regulatory environment. To help clients avoid paying additional duties on imports to the USA, we advised them about the 301 China Exclusions.  

We are thankful for our customs compliance team's efforts in making sure our clients have the latest information. Together we are making a difference!

Happy International Customs Day from the JAS Italy team.  While 2020 was unprecedented in many ways, we are proud of our team and its ability to adapt as they navigated through many changes while maintaining high professionalism levels.  

JAS has always worked closely with all of its customers to meet their specific needs and help navigate them through regulations, and this past year was no different. When the COVID-19 situation emerged, regulations were changing rapidly. One customer approached the JAS Italy team needing to import two large "modules for setting up field hospitals." As JAS guided the customer through the import process and reviewed all of the paperwork for the shipment, they realized that the goods had duties on them. The customer was unaware that these goods were duty-free under the "emergency duty-free operation" as they were going to be used to help fight the pandemic. Thanks to our customs operators and our team's expertise, the client declared the goods duty-free, thus saving them money.

In other COVID-19 efforts, the JAS Rome branch cleared more than 2,000 AWBS containing urgently needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) commodities that were used to help address the health crisis in Italy. Thanks to JAS Customs Partners and the supervision and support of the Italian Customs Agency, these goods were quickly cleared so they could be delivered wherever needed.  

We are thankful for the JAS Italy team's efforts as they helped guide customers through the rapidly evolving regulations. We are passionate about giving our customers the best service available and we know that People Make the Difference!

Happy International Customs Day from all of us at JAS Worldwide! As we recognize International Customs Day, we would like to thank our JAS China Logistics team for all that they have done this past year to help customers navigate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) regulations and become Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) authorized.

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, countries worldwide saw an increased demand for PPE. With China being the world's largest PPE manufacturer, many customers needed to know how to navigate PPE export regulations from China.

The JAS China Logistics team understood these concerns and helped customers navigate the regulations by preparing a PPE Export-related Operational Manual. This covered the detailed requirements related to suppliers' qualifications, certifications, packaging, and cargo description based on China's official regulations. These requirements changed day-by-day when the demand initially emerged in the market. Therefore, the JAS China Logistics Team closely monitored the latest changes and created a total of 8 versions of the Operational Manual for customers between March and May 2020. This ensured the latest updates were provided to customers so that they would have access to the most up-to-date information.

Throughout this time, JAS managed customs declaration documents for customers to ensure shipments reached their destinations on time. In addition, the JAS China Logistics Team provided a critical service for customers dealing with PPE export cargo by ensuring all documents were in order, as any mistake in customs declaration documents could result in delays of customs clearance, cargo space booking, and cargo departure. The JAS China Logistics Team consistently provided this important document-checking service before customs declaration, and this extra measure helped customers avoid any potential cargo delays.

The PPE export regulations provided a list of approved PPE suppliers, often called a 'white list.' Any suppliers outside the 'white list' cannot export PPE overseas. Based on our overseas customers' requirements, the JAS China Logistics Team went the extra mile by verifying the PPE supplier's qualifications, documents, and packaging to ensure all regulations were met and there were no delays in the export process.

While guiding customers through the complex PPE export requirements, the JAS China team became certified as an Authorized Economic Operator – AEO. The certificate covers all of Mainland China, and its accreditation reflects the high level of security and legality in our trade compliance. It is recognized globally as a mark of quality, strengthening JAS' capability to offer a full range of premium Value-Added Services to our clients in China.

This International Customs Day, we are thankful for all of the ways that the JAS China team has gone above and beyond in guiding our customers through the customs process. Our people truly do make the difference!

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