4 Tips for a Seamless Customs Clearance Process

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The process of transporting your goods across international borders can be complicated and time-consuming. Customs clearance requires a considerable amount of preparation, documentation and certification, all of which vary from country to country.

Fortunately, ISS is here to help with our 4 top tips for a seamless customs clearance process.

1. Make Sure You Have Accurate Documentation

There are a number of documents you’ll need to compile and present in order to get your goods into your destination country. These include commercial invoices and goods descriptions.

In order to avoid complications, you should make these documents as descriptive and as accurate as possible. Make sure all information you provide about your cargo is correct, and don’t shy away from providing more detailed information about the nature of your goods.

2. Consider Which Incoterms You Will Employ

Incoterms define the point in the shipping process when the responsibilities of a shipment shift from the shipper to the receiver, and vice versa. They include details such as who’s responsible for paying duties, paying shipping expenses, and handling other import formalities.

Incoterms must be agreed on by both you and your customer prior to shipping. Familiarise yourself with current Incoterms and ensure it is clear to both you and your customer who is responsible for what and when.

3. Research Requirements for Your Destination Country

Different countries have different requirements when it comes to documentation. Some will require special certification for certain goods, such as perishable goods and animal products.

To ensure your goods are cleared without complications, visit the government websites of the countries you're importing to and exporting from. They will provide you with all the information you need regarding documentation and certification.

4. Keep Detailed Records

Last but not least, you want to keep detailed records of your customs documents. This will allow you to keep track of shipments and provide you with records in the event complications do arise.

Customs clearance is not a straight-forward process and can be very difficult to get right the first time around. The best way to mitigate risk and ensure all your goods are cleared successfully is to let ISS handle your shipments for you.

Our experienced Customs Brokers will not only ensure you have all the information you need for seamless customs clearance, but will also help you avoid unnecessary costs and duties.

Call ISS today for more information!