Customs Clearance

Whenever products or goods are imported or exported they need to pass through customs. Compiling the necessary documentation, paying customs duties and ensuring that the shipment has been paid for are vital components in the clearing process. However, facilitating customs clearance can be a messy business, especially if you are not 100% sure how to handle the process. This is where a logistics company such as Trafalgar Logistics can come in handy as we know these processes like the back of our hand.

Ensuring that your products or goods enter the country is vital and we place a lot of emphasis on ensuring that we do the job right the first time. We ensure that all documentation is in place so that your imported goods can enter the country and your exported goods can leave the country. Failing to adhere to these processes will no doubt result in a loss of profitability through undelivered products and good which are held up in customs.

Choose a professional logistics company to assist you in this matter. Trafalgar Logistics has a wealth of experience in this field and is more than capable of ensuring that your goods pass through customs.

Goods may enter the Republic and be declared through one of these processes:

How long will I be allowed to make a declaration?

National legislation gives an importer / agent seven days (an additional seven days in which to make due entry for loose or break bulk cargo, imported by sea, air or rail i.e. 14 days) or 28 days in the case of goods in a container depot, in which to clear goods from the time they have landed in the Republic.

What happens if goods are not declared on time?

These may be removed and detained in a State Warehouse. It must be noted that certain goods will require an import permit, which must be produced at the time of clearance. For more information, you can refer to the Consolidated list of Prohibited and Restricted Exports and Imports. Restricted goods permits can be obtained under ITAC.

What is the clearance process?

The clearance process includes accepting and checking the goods declaration against the documents produced (invoice, bill of lading, certificate of origin, permits, etc.), examination of the goods if necessary and the assessment and collection of duty and VAT. Customs may require additional information and may also request samples. Customs may also detain goods for other Government departments. The relevant Government department will then ensure compliance with their applicable laws, regulations and rules. Customs values are set by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) valuation code, which involves six valuation methods.