Customs form OCR & data capturing

Enhance the effectiveness of your organization with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and data extraction. Process customs forms safely and quickly with Klippa. Powered by machine learning.

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What we can do with customs forms

Our machine learning technology can automate many customs form-related business processes via our APIs and SDKs.
Customs form scanning
Format conversion and scan quality improvement
Image to searchable text and JSON, XLSX, CSV or XML with OCR
Data extraction on customs forms
Classification of customs forms
(Cross) validating data
Regulatory compliance checks
Digitise archives and workflows

Customs form data extraction

An image speaks more than a thousand words. Below is an example of the three steps our OCR engine takes to automatically extract data from customs forms.

Uploading customs forms to the API

The first step is providing a picture or a PDF file of a customs form to our API. This is typically done from a mobile app or a web application.

The document can be sent cropped or uncropped (with background). If the scan is sent uncropped, the Klippa API will automatically crop the document. The Klippa customs form scanning SDK can also be used in mobile apps. 

Image to text using OCR

As soon as a picture or PDF is received, it is converted to a TXT file by our engine. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but not yet structured.

Getting JSON output from the API

The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON using machine learning. The JSON is then returned as output from the API.

From here the customs form can easily be processed into your database. Whether you are processing customs forms for international shipping, customs control or customs clearance, Klippa is here to help.
Reduce cost
Spend less on processing customs forms by using Klippa.
Improve speed
Process customs forms automatically within seconds. Perfect for the logistics and transportation sector.
Reduce errors
Prevent manual data entry errors with high quality data extraction on customs forms.
Prevent fraud
Automatically recognize errors, duplicates and fraud.
What customs form fields are extracted?
In general, all data fields from a customs form can be extracted. To give you an idea, we listed some examples below. The extracted data fields can be customized for each customer. Additional fields can be extracted on request.
Customs document type, e.g. CN22
Sender’s name
Sender’s address
Quantity of contents
Description of contents
Weight and value of contents
HS tariff number
Country of origin
VAT registration number
Line item details
Comments or special mentions
Sign and date
And many more fields
Find duplicates via image hashing
Identify fraudulent documents via Photoshop detection
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We are available for calls in English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch during office hours (CEST time zone). You can reach us at +31 50 2111631.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does customs form OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa customs form capturing depends on the amount of fields and the document volume. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our product specialists to get an exact quote.
What types of customs forms are supported?
There are many types of customs forms in the world. In general, we support all these types and forms. The list below shows some examples, but is not exhaustive:

– CN22 form
– CN23 form
– CP71 form
– CP72 form
– PS Form 2976
– PS Form 2976-A
– PS Form 2976-B

In case you wonder if we support a certain customs form or have any other question, feel free to contact us.

Did you know that apart from custom forms, Klippa OCR can scan other types of logistic documents, such as dangerous goods declarations, t1 & t2 documents, and many more? Contact us for more information.
What kind of clients are using Klippa?
Klippa’s engine extracts as much data as possible from customs forms via OCR and machine learning. We support many different types of clients, because our engine is so versatile. 

It is most commonly used by clients in the logistics, customs and transportation sector.
What languages does Klippa support?
All European languages are supported. Our engine performs best on customs forms in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, English Spanish, German, Hebrew and French. Other languages can be supported on request, we’d just need to train our machine learning models.
Is Klippa customs form capturing GDPR-compliant?
All the services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR-compliant. By default, we use ISO-certified servers within the European Union for processing. If you are not located within the EU, we can also set up servers in a region of choice. 

Next to that, a data processor agreement is in place. We do not store any of your or your customers’ data after processing.
Can Klippa convert customs forms to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can. Klippa takes pictures of customs forms, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there we use machine learning to turn the text into structured data. Most of the time we use JSON for this, but depending on your preferences we can also convert customs forms to CSV, XLSX or XML.
Please feel free to ask all your questions.
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