7 Caveats to ‘Just Ship It’, Part 2

by Dan Polkowski

If you think logistics isn’t your business, think again…

Logistics processes are not just for logistics personnel – they should be understood by everyone involved in the process in order to avoid thousands of dollars in delays and fines. Here’s my quick take on how to keep your materials on schedule.

My 7 caveats refer to key pieces of information that everyone involved in the process should be aware of – 7 pieces of the global logistics puzzle that can result in hefty delays and fines if overlooked. Back in Part 1 , I tackled the first few caveats. In this blog post, I’ll cover the final 4.

4. Import License Process

Import licenses are used to control imports and comply with quotas. These are applied for by and the responsibility of the importer in country. However, it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that all licenses are in place prior to export.

Country governments take compliance with their imports and export laws and regulations very seriously. Governments rightfully expect the importing and exporting community to partner with them to protect national security.  Companies both large and small face potentially large fines, civil penalties, and possible criminal prosecution if a violation of country’s import and export occurs.

5. Customs Broker

Customs brokers are licensed by the country’s Customs department. These individuals handle all custom’s formalities and details that are critical to the legal and speedy importing of goods.

In order to keep your materials on schedule, be sure to have a licensed customs broker in place upon arrival of your import.

6. Duties & Taxes

It is very important to consider the duties, taxes, and other customs charges when determining the total cost of an international shipment. A customs duty tax is imposed on the value of the goods traded between countries.

Imperial will calculate these for you, but it is important to be aware of what’s included.

7. Country of Origin Certificates

The country of origin is the country in which the product was manufactured, produced, processed, or in some cases, grown. This document is important because it determines the rate of Duty and whether the goods are legal to import. This also allows countries to manage import quotas or embargo, and provides statistical reporting.

Although Imperial will prepare this document for you, you should know the country of origin for your goods.

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