HOW TO AVOID CUSTOMS HOLDS:

MAKING DECLARATIONS

INFORMATION BRINGS PEACE OF MIND, SO MAKE YOUR DECLARATION THOROUGH TO AVOID CUSTOMS DELAYS

Customs agencies around the world rely on information submitted in advance to make decisions about release, clearance, inspections, and holds.

Do yourself a favor and provide your e-retailer all the necessary information during check out. Especially important are your name, full address, postal code and phone number. It is the responsibility of your e-retailer, vendor or marketplace to transmit this information, plus details of the product purchased, its value, and country of origin into a declaration that Customs will use to provide clearance and assess duties and taxes.

Inadequate and inaccurate declarations may result in seizure and inspection of goods, extra charges, and penalties for importers.

Online shoppers play a critical role in the success of virtual forwarders such as VPost, or Borderlinx. It is important that users of such a service provide accurate declarations as they are personally liable for any falsehoods made on import declarations.

Whether you’re a seller or an online shopper, providing falsified information to avoid payment of taxes or smuggling unlicensed or prohibited goods is a serious violation of law.

INFORMATION NEEDED BY CUSTOMS FOR CLEARANCE PURPOSES

  1. Who is the shipper? [Consignor Information]
  2. Who is the recipient? [Consignee Information]
  3. What is in the package? [preferably with HS Code]
  4. What is the product’s country of origin?
  5. What is the true value of the goods?
  6. What is the quantity?
  7. Is it a controlled item requiring an import license?

INFORMATION NEEDED BY YOUR COURIER

  1. Accurate description of the product
  2. True value of the shipment
  3. If controlled, import license and tax ID (as applicable)
  4. Billing for payment of duties and taxes