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How to Clear Your Packages Faster

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Your Invoices are critical in the clearing process and adhering to CUSTOMS rules, failure to provide these before arrival slows down the clearing process:

  • date of purchase
  • name of supplier
  • invoice number
  • details of items ordered
  • cost of items ordered
  • total of items ordered
  • tax applied
  • grand total
  • *payment method

Pre Alerting

All consignments must be pre-alerted, and supplier’s invoices sent to Courier Agents/ Small Package Consolidators.

  • Any consignment without supplier’s invoices will not be processed (at the time of sorting), by Customs.
  • These consignments will be secured at the courier facilities.
  • These consignments will be subsequently dealt with by customs on the submission of relevant shipping documents. [not pre alerting slows down the clearing process]
  1. Courier Agents/Small Package Consolidators MUST indicate on the Bill of Lading/Airway Bill (BL, AWB), the exporter’s name and address. NOTE: Exporter/Shipper field must contain the actual name of the Exporter/Supplier and not the name of the shipping agent or shipping line. This requirement is mandatory, and failure to adhere to this requirement may result in delays in sorting/ processing consignments.  [not pre alerting prevents us from having the required information for Customs, which slows down the clearing process]
  2. Courier Agents/Small Package Consolidators, and Customs to sort shipments to identify and release the packages which qualify under the De Minimis System.  [your invoice is required]
  3. Courier Agents/Small Package Consolidators are required to provide the importer with a receipt (Sec 263 of the Customs Act) containing the classification of the goods, the transaction number, and a breakdown of the duties and taxes paid.
  4. Duty is payable on all items in a consignment if the consignment does not qualify for De minimis treatment, i.e. if the Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) total is over $150.00 XCD. The applicable duty will be charged on items on importation.

The Customs Act # 20 of 2010, provides for severe penalties for offenses of:

  • Improper Importation of Goods (section 45),
  • Submitting False Declarations (Section186),
  • Counterfeiting Documents (section 187) 
  • Fraudulent Evasion of Duty (section 189).

Where such violations are detected, offenders are liable to be prosecuted or fined and the goods are liable to forfeiture.