DDP vs DAP? Europa Flow driving force behind success of Europa road non-network operations


The industry leading European road freight team at Europa Road is experiencing significant success following the introduction of its new and unique customs product, Europa Flow. Working to support its Non-Network Operations, the product allows European Full and Part Load shipments and dedicated Express Vans to move quickly and efficiently between the UK and EU without delays.

Europa Road, part of leading logistics firm Europa Worldwide Group, offers both import, export and cross-trade services for customers across Europe.

Europa Flow facilitates exports to the EU on DDP terms – removing the hassle of customs for the EU importer, the need for them to appoint a customs broker or pay duties on import and allowing them to zero rate the VAT on import.

DDP (Delivered Duty Paid) is the incoterm which makes your EU customers’ lives easier. The seller takes total responsibility for the export and import formalities, transport, duties and taxes – meaning that the buyer doesn’t need to worry about managing any of those things.

Europa Flow uses anticipated declarations meaning goods can collect and export on the same day. Goods arrive in France in free circulation meaning they’re free to deliver, the duty having been taken care of and the Europa Flow process zero rating the VAT.

Jason Reek, Forwarding Manager at Europa Road comments: “We know our Europa Flow offering is unique and has allowed our Non-Network Operations to stand out from our competitors. The difference in operating DDP vs DAP is clearly visible – with DDP, trucks arrive on the continent and then continue to their end destination. No stopping, no delays, no VAT payments – no wonder customers and hauliers love working with this product.

“As a result, we have seen a huge increase in volumes from our customers because they’ve experienced the seamless, hassle-free service. More and more customers want to work with Europa as their trusted logistics provider because they realise the benefits of operating non-network shipments in this way.”

These benefits are really evident when moving goods on dedicated Express Vans – there is no need to stop in transit to discharge T-forms, perform import formalities and wait for VAT and duty amounts to be paid. Whether it’s a full load or a dedicated express van, transit times are dramatically reduced, there are no stops at inland customs points and the whole movement is faster and more efficient.

Jason continues: “We have already received amazing feedback from customers, who love our slick, simple yet very effective approach from and hauliers who want to give us more trucks because it allows their vehicles to be more efficient with less down time when compared to the equivalent DAP processes.”

Stephen Hall, European Managing Director of FLEXcon, a Global Business with 65 years’ experience providing label materials for all applications and industries, comments on his positive experience with Europa:

“Europa and FLEXcon Europe have enjoyed a long and collaborative partnership with success based on joint core values of integrity and respect. We worked side-by-side with Europa for two years on our Brexit plans to ensure continuation of service to our EU customers.

“We saw that Europa Flow would work well for FLEXcon Europe since we don’t have entities in every European country and to fend off European competitors we need to have a seamless, cost effective solution, removing as much hassle for our customers as possible.

“Did the transition go smoothly? It was tough, but we appreciated Europa’s transparency and efforts to resolve issues quickly and efficiently. Now, just over two months on, our shipments are flowing as normal and we are delighted we chose Europa Flow. We would highly recommend the service to other businesses looking for a solution to ensure exports flow smoothly into the EU.”

Europa Road has a network which trunk into Europa’s Dartford 1Hub, where freight connects with daily, direct services to 30 continental hubs, transporting over 45,000 consignments per month with over 2,000 collections and deliveries every day.

Europa Worldwide Group has six divisions – Europa Road, Europa Air & Sea, Europa Showfreight, Europa Warehouse, Europa Contact Centre and Continental Cargo Carriers and has featured in The Sunday Times Top Track 250 for the last three years. Europa recently revealed its results for year-ending 31st December 2019, showing another 16.5 per cent growth with a record turnover of £205million.

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