AMI’s ser­vice for SA

AMI aims to rev­o­lu­tionise ex­press im­ports to South Africa with the launch of an all-in­clu­sive on­line ser­vice.

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Called click­2­ship Ex­press Im­ports, the new ser­vice is the im­ports coun­ter­part of click­2­ship Ex­press Ex­ports, launched in South Africa in 2014. Click­2­ship Ex­press Im­ports pro­vides on­line quotes and bookings for im­ports from any lo­ca­tion in the world. Prices in­clude col­lec­tion at ori­gin, cus­toms ex­port en­tries, freight, cus­toms clear­ance on ar­rival, and lo­cal de­liv­ery from air­port to agent or con­signee.

The new ser­vice is aimed both at freight agents at point of ori­gin, and those in South Africa. Its goal is to sim­plify and speed up the im­port­ing process, as well as pro­vid­ing agents with in­stant quotes that will help them to se­cure busi­ness by of­fer­ing faster re­sponses to cus­tomer enquiries. Mil­ton French, VP Africa, AMI, says, “Im­ports cur­rently ac­counts for some 20 per cent of AMI’s turnover in South Africa, so the po­ten­tial to grow im­ports busi­ness is con­sid­er­able. click­2­ship Ex­press Im­ports is sim­ple to use, pro­vides at­trac­tive rates based on qual­ity op­er­a­tors, and saves agents hav­ing to con­duct time-con­sum­ing re­search into mul­ti­ple sup­pli­ers in or­der to con­struct a quote. We be­lieve this rep­re­sents an ap­peal­ing pack­age.”

French ex­pects click­2­ship Ex­press Im­ports to echo the suc­cess of its ex­ports coun­ter­part, which now han­dles around 10 per cent of AMI’s ex­ports busi­ness. He con­tin­ues, “click­2­ship Ex­press Ex­ports was a revo­lu­tion­ary con­cept for South Africa, and the mar­ket took a while to un­der­stand and ac­cept it. But, now that agents recog­nise the sav­ings in time and cost which it pro­vides, the takeup is im­prov­ing all the time. We ex­pect a sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence with the new im­ports ver­sion, and have great op­ti­mism for its longer-term prospects.”

The ap­pear­ance and func­tion­al­ity of the click­2­ship Ex­press Im­ports por­tal is de­lib­er­ately based closely on the ex­ports site, so that ex­ist­ing ex­port cus­tomers will find it fa­mil­iar and easy to use. It pro­vides global cov­er­age, and is avail­able for all com­modi­ties ex­cept haz­ardous cargo.

An ever-in­creas­ing pro­por­tion of AMI’s global busi­ness is now con­ducted on­line, and the com­pany makes sig­nif­i­cant on­go­ing in­vest­ments to sup­port its cus­tomers with a grow­ing range of in­no­va­tive web­based prod­ucts. click­2­ship Ex­press Im­ports was re­cently launched in AMI’s UK op­er­a­tion, and has also been ac­tive in the USA (trad­ing as Quick­2Ship) for some time.

Mil­ton French VP - Africa, AMI

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