4 questions let you know Customs Inspection
Customs inspection is a regular process in the foreign trade business.
Strictly doing business according to the import and export policy is the best way.
It will help avoid unnecessary trouble. Here we’ll list 4 questions that could show
you the key to customs inspections:
What is a customs inspection?
Why do a customs inspection?
How do I avoid customs inspection?
Who needs to pay the fee?
Question 1. What is a customs inspection?
First, we should know that a customs inspection is an official regular work carried out by the customs office.
This is easy to get. In our daily work, inspection does not happen frequently.
2. Why do a customs inspection?
It is an official inspection.
It is caused by doubt on the goods, shipping of dangerous goods,
trademark infringement, or checking documents (including, name, amount, quantity).
Or without a reason, and only conducting it according to department regulations.
Like, ten years ago, there was a serious patent and trademark tort. For example: in our local YIWU Commodity City, buyers easily get shoes from fake brands, or cartoon images showing without permission.
Therefore, the government conducted a strict customs inspection.
They meted out heavy punishment for such actions.
The punishment was not only on the importer and exporter but also the forwarder.
If the customs officers found a patent violation, the inspection ratio for
the forwarder would be increased in the future contents.
It meant that the shipper would need to pay increased charges.
So now, the exporter and forwarder will follow the regulation.
This is a good way to protect intellectual property rights.
3. How do I avoid customs inspection?
For the customs inspection, as mentioned above, it was inspected casually.
It would be better to protect ourselves to avoid unnecessary punishment.
We should check carefully during production before placing the order.
Follow this advice:
The information on the documents should be the same as the real export data.
We should pay extra attention to the description.
We know our daily products’ name does not fully reflect the formal description.
Suppliers should try their best to give all details of products to forwarders.
The forwarder will do a customs declaration according to your notice.
Here we mean the total quantity.
For some reason, the actual export quantity is less than the orders.
But often we forget to adjust this on the customs clearance documents.
This is not professional practice.
We should pay attention to the difference between the Gross weight and Net Weight.
The most important thing is not to miss out on the Gross weight and Net weight.
On the Bill of Lading, we only need to show the Gross weight.
Some suppliers will mess up, and show the Net Weight instead.
If so, there would be a difference in your document in the customs clearance,
which may cause you to be punished. So the more careful you are, the better.
5) The total number of cartons
If there have gifts, free samples send with the order, it needs to be shown on the bill.
And don’t forget to list them on the Bill of Landing and customs clearance documents.
This is missing frequently because they are free.
6) Shipping mark
If there has a shipping mark or logo on the outside of the carton, it should be shown on the Bill.
7) Patent & trademark
This should be the most important point.
Keywords, right. Any patent, trademark violation will receive heavy punishment and
may even be confiscated.
Any brand with R means registered, customers should send their documents to suppliers,
otherwise, their goods would be expropriated.
We should better check the design, image, carton, etc. if they are registered or not.
For safety, check the suppliers or visit the patent right website to confirm.
8) HS code
Our rain boots material can be PVC and rubber.
They vary in height, depending on if they are ankle, mid-calf, or knee-high boots.
If the forwarder doesn’t know the correct material and height,
it will be difficult to pick the HS code. Also, indicate its function, for example,
boots for daily wear or work boots. So the more details you tell the forwarder,
the more they are able to indicate the correct HS code.
9)Showed all the products items on the BL
As we mentioned above, all the products, no matter if they are free or not, will need to be shown on the bill, or you may be accused of tax fraud.
4. Who needs to pay the inspection fee?
Customs inspection will not take charge.
Considering that the inspections happen in the port area, the port arranges devanning, handling, sealing, etc., so it needs to pay the fee.
It will have the fee after the inspection, and the shipper will pay for it,
and there will be a report at the end of the inspection.