Customs ClearanceFrequently Asked Questions About a Customs Broker

August 4, 2019by Bhupathi0

Frequently Asked Questions About a Customs Broker and Clearance


1. What documents are required for Customs Clearance?

Bill of Entry.
Commercial Invoice.
Bill of Lading / Airway bill.
Import License.
Insurance certificate.
Purchase order/Letter of Credit.
Technical write up, literature etc. for specific goods if any.
Industrial License if any.
RCMC. Registration cum Membership Certificate if any.
Test report if any.
DEEC/DEPB /ECGC or any other documents for duty benefits.
Central excise document if any.
GATT/DGFT declaration.
Any other specific documents other than the above mentioned.

2.What is the procedure for custom clearance?

Custom Clearance of Imported Goods. All goods imported into India have to pass through the procedure of customs for proper examination, appraisal, assessment and evaluation. This helps the custom authorities to charge the proper tax and also check the goods against the illegal import.

3.How long does customs clearance take?

The customs release of a shipment can take anywhere from 20 minutes to several days depending on circumstances. Once your Customs Broker has completed your entry for customs and transmits the data, it takes about 20 minutes for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to receive it.

4.What are customs documents?

When exporting and importing, shipping documents can be numerous and may include: an airway bill, a bill of lading, or a truck bill of lading; a commercial invoice; a certificate of origin; an insurance certificate; a packing list; or other documents required to clear customs.

5.How long do packages take to clear customs?

Every package coming into the US from another country must go through customs. Most packages are cleared quickly, usually within 24 hours

6. How can i check my customs clearance status?

Status of your letter and document shipment can be accessed via a customs tracking number available from a UPS customer service representative.

7.How long can customs hold my package?

Check your company mail for a letter from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department stating that your package has been detained. If the department is holding your item, officials will notify you usually within a few days but it can take as long as 30 to 45 days.

8.What to do if package is stuck in customs?

Contact your 3PL provider. Your first action should be to contact whoever has shipped your goods.
Contact your carrier. Ensure that your shipment is actually stuck in customs.
Find out if there are outstanding taxes.
Ensure there is no missing or incorrect paperwork.

9.What happens if a package is held by customs?

If your shipment exceeded the value allowed, your package will be held in customs until that balance is paid. Normally, a courier company in charge of the shipment will do that for you and then charge you an administration fee for handling. Another common cause for delays in shipping can also be missing paperwork

10. What is customs clearance delay?

Customs Clearance Problems That Could Delay Your Shipment. … Getting your shipment through customs clearance can be a smooth and, eventually, nearly automated process. For that to happen, however, your business needs full visibility of customs clearance requirements at your destination.

11.what is custom clearance?

Customs clearance work involves preparation and submission of documentations required to facilitate export or imports into the country, representing client during customs examination, assessment, payment of duty and co taking delivery of cargo from customs after clearance along with documents.

12.How custom duty is calculated?

Customs duty assess able value is the total of: CIF value of item in local currency. This is the sum of total FOB item value, freight, insurance, and other charges. This is 1 percent of the CIF item value.

13.What is uncontrollable clearance delay?

Uncontrollable Clearance Delay is a status where in the device shall undergo proper inspection for quality purposes just to make sure that it functions perfectly to its full potentials

14.What is customs clearance fee?

This charge covers the process to prepare and submit Customs Entry documentation to the CBP. AKA Customs Brokerage. Customs Clearance Fee Tips: The standard rate for Customs Clearance is around $50 for clearance with China’s Customs and $100-$120 for clearance with CBP.

15.What does it mean when a package is held in customs?

Held at Customs’ means the package you are sending to the destination country is held by the officials of the importer country’s customs office. These government bodies hold the packages until they ensure that only permissible items cross their border and the taxes (Duties & Excise) are paid for the import.

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