What if the goods are detained by the Customs at the destination port?
When a Shanghai company exports containers to Saudi Arabia, the invoice only shows the value and name of some products, because there are only two other goods. It takes time and effort to test and SASO them. The company does not show them on the documents, but the goods are inspected and detained at the port of destination.
It is important to know the customs clearance requirements of destination port before exporting. Test report, box list, invoice and other test certificates should be consistent. The SASO certification required by Saudi Arabia is based on the inspection mode to avoid false reporting.
If the goods are to be delivered smoothly at the destination port, they must conform to the standards of the local customs. The formalities must be standardized and complete. They must be uniform and not take any chances. Otherwise, the goods may be seized directly by the customs and destroyed in serious cases.
A company in Tianjin shipped to Antwerp. After arriving at the port, the goods were detained by the customs because there was no sign of CE certification and no hanging tag. It took three months for customers to ask for a return at the port, which was very expensive.
Customers will not take the initiative to bear the cost of this kind of return. It depends on the negotiation of interests between buyers and sellers. Even if returned, there will be a lot of costs, and it is not a quality problem. Customs requires that imports be levied on general trade, so it is better to consider other ways to solve the problem locally. Measure the value of the goods and the costs incurred. If the value of the goods is low and the quantity of the goods is small, you can ask the customs to auction and so on to avoid more cost losses.
After a shipment of $200,000 worth of goods arrived at the port of destination, the consignee refused to pay for the delivery. After contacting the relevant parties to return the goods and pay the customs clearance fee, they were informed that the goods were auctioned by the customs. The company suffered double losses in payment.
If the goods are discarded by the consignee at the port of destination/unmanned pick-up/wrong port, the shipper should arrange to dispose of the goods as soon as possible to avoid the loss caused by the third party's disposal of the goods; at the same time, it should avoid the occurrence and expansion of the port of destination's delayed charges and the extra loss of other charges besides cargo damage.
Why does the Customs seize the goods? ]
1. The declared value and valuation are inconsistent.
2. The name does not match the product.
3. The packing list is not clear.
4. The quantity does not match.
5. The consignee's condition is not allowed. (No import and export rights, etc.).
6. Some special policies stipulated by the local customs.
What if the goods are detained? ]
1. Contact customers at the first time
If the goods are detained by the Customs of the destination port, it is better to contact the customers at the first time and discuss solutions. It is better to let the customers of the destination port assist in clearing the customs, avoid expanding commercial disputes, and affect the credibility and follow-up cooperation.
2. Contact Customs Broker in time
Customs usually give notice when the goods are detained. We should carefully read the contents of the notice, pay attention to where the problem lies, and then inform the customs broker in time.
3. Respond to Customs accurately and provide sufficient evidence
Customs will give a certain time to prepare the documents and materials to be provided after issuing the notice. All of these should be clearly seen and answered within the time stipulated in the notice. If you want to reply to the letter to the customs, you should cooperate with the customs broker and send the information to the customs through the customs broker.
4. Implementing Customs Processing Decisions
1) Because the declared value is too low to deduct customs duties, the goods will be taken out of Customs after paying customs duties.
2) Imperfect customs procedures, such as personal imports, customs requirements have the right to import, to find a company with the right to import deduction agent clearance.
3) If the relevant certification procedures are required, it should be provided as soon as possible, but if it is not available, the customs can not be cleared.
4) Goods can be returned to the Customs. According to international practice, goods that cannot be cleared can be returned to the place of shipment or a third-party trading port.
Customs will decide whether to release the goods according to the actual situation. In most cases, the goods can be released. If the Customs clears, the goods will be smoothly transported to the importer's place; if the Customs decides to destroy the goods, they will be destroyed directly; if the Customs decides to return the goods, the freight and the import fee of the Chinese Customs will also be paid. The losses in the latter two cases are relatively large.
Therefore, in order to avoid the passive situation and loss of goods after deduction, we must understand the customs requirements of the destination port well before delivery, do a good job in checking and preparing, ensure that the goods meet the requirements of import, reduce the probability of deduction as much as possible, and minimize the loss.