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Identification and declaration of In-transit and local cargo to customs

Valued Clients,

We’ve been informed as part of an import Customs manifest requirement, declaration of “In-Transit” containers is now necessary to include on Shipping Instructions when importing to the following countries:

• Cameroun
• Benin
• Djibouti
• Ghana
• India
• Kenya
• Mozambique
• Senegal
• Tanzania
• Togo

As such, when the place of delivery is different from the actual consignee country, the shipper must provide an “In-Transit” clause with the final destination as per the import consignee/buyer address; Maersk will then mark the shipment as “In-Transit” when declaring to Customs. Read More...

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German Customs Enforcement of 24-Hour Advance Manifest Rule

Please Be Advised:

German Customs Authorities have announced that effective 1 March 2015 any cargo discharged without the proper manifest/customs transmission will be considered an illegal import. Consequently, cargo will be stopped, possibly seized by German Customs Officials, and the carrier will be responsible for any import duties, which must be paid immediately. If the ocean carrier refuses to pay the import duties, German Customs have the authority to confiscate the goods, no exceptions.



1. For cargo discharged at German Ports, the carrier is responsible to send a complete and accurate import manifest to the German Customs Authorities at least 24 working hrs prior to vessel arrival at the Seaport of Debarkation (SPOD). Read More...

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Pakistan Customs Strike

Customs agents have suspended their services the morning of Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to launch their indefinite country-wide strike that was called aginst the issuance of notices to clearing agents by the revenue authorities in the missing containers case.  Last night a meeting was held between the senior customs officers and customs agents to negotiate the strike call but it failed.  There could potentially be impact on the gate in or gate out activities. Read More...

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Changes to Inbound Documentation Process for Bangladesh Shipments

Please be advised that effective July 1, 2013, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) of Bangladesh introduced a new automated system to make local Customs procedures more efficient and paperless. Read More...

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PakGLOC Customs

Pakistan Customs has released the latest iteration of Customs General Order (CGO) 10 which is used for clearing Military cargo and dispatching cargo from the port.  This process will be applicable for all new bookings arriving at Port Qasim, Pakistan.  In addition to revised requirements, Maersk will be unable to begin the clearance process prior to cargo arrival.

  • Day 01-02:  Receipt of documents from carrier, verification of documents, preparation of customs letters and Goods Declaration (GD) forms by the expeditors
  • Day 03-04:  Submission of letters, processing of GD’s and taking scanning permission from customs officials at port by the expeditors
  • Day 05-10:  Return of the GD’s to the carrier who completes scanning and weighing formalities with customs at port
  • Day 11-12:  Completion of GD’s after receipt of scanning reports at port and return of out of charged GD’s to the carrier by the expeditors

After the above steps are completed, Maersk can move the cargo from port and conduct further scanning and weighing.  Read More...

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Saudi Customs – New Procedures

As a recently implemented customs rule, all Import and Export shipments to and from Saudi must have present “payment proof” of the commodity value to authorities during customs clearance formalities. Read More...

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