The first step in the custom clearance process is to gather all necessary documentation, including commercial invoices, bills of lading, packing lists, and other relevant papers. This documentation is used to declare the goods being imported or exported to the customs authorities.
The next step is to classify the goods and determine their value. This involves identifying the applicable tariffs, duties, and taxes that must be paid to the relevant authorities. Customs authorities use the information provided in the declaration to determine the classification and value of the goods.
After the declaration has been made, the customs authorities may conduct an examination of the goods being imported or exported. This examination may include a physical inspection of the goods, as well as a review of the documentation provided.
If the goods are deemed to be admissible, the importer or exporter must pay any applicable duties, taxes, and fees to the relevant authorities.
After the payment of duties and taxes has been made, the customs authorities will release the goods. The importer or exporter must then arrange for the transportation of the goods to their final destination.
In some cases, customs authorities may conduct a post-clearance audit to verify that the declaration made by the importer or exporter was accurate and complete.