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Custom Clearance

What Is Customs Clearance?

Customs clearance is the process of declaring goods to Customs authorities when entering or leaving a country.

Individuals or businesses can do this. Goods subject to customs clearance include items that are being imported or exported, as well as personal effects and commercial shipments.

The purpose of customs clearance is to ensure that all applicable import duties and taxes are paid and that goods comply with all relevant regulations.

To clear customs, businesses or individuals must provide detailed information about the shipment, including its value, origin, destination, and contents.

Businesses or individuals may also be required to submit supporting documentation, such as invoices or bills of lading. Once customs officers have cleared the shipment, they can release it for delivery.

Customs Clearance Process

When shipments arrive at a port of entry, they are subject to inspection Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During this process, CBP officers inspect the documents associated with the shipment to ensure that all required information is present and accurate.

The most common documents required for clearance are:

  • Proof of insurance
  • Invoice (unless a commercial sample is worth less than $25)
  • Port spending (when applicable)
  • A packing list
  • Certificate of origin (when applicable) 
  • Air waybill, inland bill of lading, through bill of lading, and ocean bill of lading 
  • Pre-shipment inspection certificate (when applicable)
  • Transportation invoice

Once CBP has verified all the necessary documentation, they will clear the shipment for entry.

Tax and Duty Payment

After your shipment has been inspected and all required import documentation has been filed, you’ll need to pay any taxes or duties owed on the goods before Customs will release them for delivery. The amount of tax and duty owed depends on several factors, including the type of goods you’re importing, their declared value, and the applicable customs laws.

For example, if you’re responsible for paying taxes and duties (i.e., if your shipment is delivered duty unpaid, or DDU), you need to arrange for payment with the customs authority in your country before they can deliver the goods.

On the other hand, if your shipment is delivered duty paid (DDP), the taxes and duties are included in the price of the goods, and you won’t need to make any additional payments. Either way, it’s essential to be aware of the potential costs involved in importing goods so that you can budget accordingly and avoid a late payment penalty.

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