The Documents Required for Customs Clearance
Customs clearance for commercial cargo is the process that involves the 'clearing' of goods through the customs barriers for importers and exporters (usually businesses). This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation (and usually the payment) of taxes, duties and goods and service tax.
To complete this clearance process shipping documents are required, the type of documents needed for importing or exporting transactions usually depend on the type of goods you have. In many cases, the documentation may also vary depending on the country of origin or destination. Thus, documents may have to be prepared in a particular way to comply with the requirements of the import or export country.
As a rule of thumb, a standard importing or exporting transaction usually requires a commercial invoice, packing list, Bill of Lading and an insurance certificate - depending on your Inco terms.
We can ensure the appropriate documentation is completed and the correct importing procedures followed as our systems are electronically linked to the Australian Customs Service, the Australian Quarantine Service and other government departments.
This means we have direct access to duty rates, duty concessions and other information traditionally stored in numerous volumes of paper binders within an instant. This combined with our expert clearance personnel ensures our service is second to none.