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Duty and trade costs optimisation, as well as adequate customs and trade compliance, are often easiest to achieve if they are properly integrated into overall international supply chain planning. PwC offers integrated teams that look at all aspects of such planning, including logistical, operational, tax and trade aspects.
Supply chain restructuring
Value Chain Transformation
To Japanese companies that operate a number of different manufacturing sites, sales offices and after sales service facilities across the Asia-Pacific region, building an efficient, cost-effective, low compliance risk supply chain poses an on-going challenge.
With professionals from our firm-wide service groups, we advise on various aspects of supply chain management and propose unique schemes (e.g. vendor managed inventory) that have been utilised and proved effective by US/EU companies to achieve resource and cost effectiveness.
Advice on overseas expansion
In recent years, a majority of Japanese companies are either deliberating, or already engaged in overseas expansion. Since the investment environment and the advancement of legal systems differ significantly across the region, rich knowledge on the local business environment is required before any expansion decisions can be made.
Planning for overseas expansion often begins with market access planning. We support companies in gaining an in-depth understanding toward various international trade related aspects in the Asia Pacific region that include, but are not limited to: customs environment, availability of deferral and exemption schemes, use of AEO-style facilities, existence of trade agreements, convenience of material procurement, condition of infrastructure, labor cost and talent, etc.
Selection of Customs broker and international freighter
In the process of expanding to other Asian markets, many Japanese companies rely heavily on external service providers (customs broker, freight forwarders) for the facilitation of customs and trade.
We use a tried and tested methodology aimed at helping companies ensure accurate customs declarations and reducing lead time by assessing and evaluating the relevant service providers, perhaps advising to bring certain functions in-house to manage risks, and consolidating outsourced business scope to improve the ease of management as well as reduce costs.
Of further interest: Managing Customs brokers in China