12/01/2015, 11:00 AM CET

Deutsche Post offers the tracking of international merchandise items via RFID tags

For vendors that ship merchandise from Germany to other countries, Deutsche Post now offers a new and convenient additional service: Ländernachweis (advice of country).  

The company uses RFID tags on items to follow and register their cross-border transport and handover for delivery in the destination country.

  • New additional service Ländernachweis (advice of country) makes cross-border transport more transparent
  • Offer specially tailored to needs of e-commerce dispatch

Bonn - E-commerce is booming and not just in Germany. The international online retail business is even growing faster than the domestic one. For vendors that ship merchandise from Germany to other countries, Deutsche Post now offers a new and convenient additional service: Ländernachweis (advice of country). With this solution, Deutsche Post makes the cross-border tracking and tracing of merchandise items even more transparent. The company uses RFID tags on items to follow and register their cross-border transport and handover for delivery in the destination country. Both sender and recipient can view the shipping status of the item via Deutsche Post's track and trace portal. The RFID tags can either be placed on or inside items.

Deutsche Post's new service is designed specifically to cater to the needs of business customers and small-scale senders. While these customers can already use Einschreiben International (international registered items) to send higher-value goods, they often have other requirements when it comes to the international shipping of less expensive mid-sized to large items. Every single step in the shipping process need not be registered for these letter items, and key locations suffice for identifying their whereabouts. Ländernachweis closes this service gap and complements the diverse e-commerce portfolio of Deutsche Post DHL. How so? The new product offers comprehensible and cost-effective "tracking events" that give senders and customers a clearer picture of the status of their items.

The letters are scanned at the international mail center - the transshipment hub for all letters leaving Germany - and then at the international parcel center of the destination country. Depending on the destination, the letter will be scanned once again at customs, as is the case in Switzerland and the USA.  

Ländernachweis is already available for 16 countries: For the EU member states of Belgium, Denmark, France, Greece, the UK, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and Hungary, and outside the EU in Switzerland and the USA. Other countries will follow shortly.

The Ländernachweis RFID tags come in sets of 20 and 50 (EUR19.00 /EUR45.00 including VAT) and can only be purchased online from the Deutsche Post eFiliale, our electronic retail outlet. For customers with higher shipping volumes, we also offer writable labels with integrated RFID tags: The labels can be integrated effortlessly into customer shipping processes and facilitate the straightforward addressing of items for dispatch.