02. Increase EAD compliance and quality through the UPU Address Verification API

In this video, we delve into the importance of electronic advanced data (EAD) exchanges in cross-border trade and customs operations.


EAD is crucial as it provides essential digital information, such as sender and recipient addresses, quantities, and product descriptions, before goods reach their destination.

Accurate addresses are vital for ensuring precise delivery and efficient customs procedures. Incorrect addresses can cause delays, disruptions, and delivery errors, thereby increasing logistical costs.

To ensure high-quality EAD data, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) offers various tools for address management, verification, and quality assurance, including the S42 and S53 standards and the Post*Code API 

This API verifies and captures addresses accurately, reducing errors and inconsistencies. Integrating the API into the Customs Declaration System (CDS) streamlines customs procedures by ensuring accurate and consistent address data, minimizing delays, and complying with international regulations.

The video also provides a step-by-step guide on how to integrate and test the API with CDS, showcasing its benefits for postal operators and e-commerce systems.

Time: 4:57 - Language: English - Subtitles: Multilingual

Further details

This video is a valuable resource for optimizing customs operations and enhancing address data accuracy in cross-border trade.

  • Importance of Correct Addresses: Details on the impacts of incorrect addresses, such as delays, increased logistical costs, and delivery errors.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Explanation of how accurate addresses contribute to compliance with international regulatory requirements.
  • Risk Assessment: The role of correct addresses in identifying high-risk shipments for effective allocation of customs inspection resources.
  • UPU S42 and S53 Standards: Using these standards to ensure high-quality address data through Post*Code API.
  • API Integration with CDS: Step-by-step guide for installing and configuring the API with the Customs Declaration System, including security settings and configuration testing.
  • Flexibility and Accessibility: Using the API as a standalone service or integrating it with third-party applications, and support for postal operators integrating the API into their national systems.