Importers Check List

Updated: November 07, 2010

The Importers Checklist

Prior to Shipment

ü Fax request for current status.

ü Review shipping & payment terms.

ü Confirm that Customs Broker has been selected.

ü Does Broker have Purchaser's Power of Attorney?

ü Does Purchaser have Customs Bond (Either Single or Continuous)?

ü Confirm that supplier will include any Assists in shipment value?

ü Confirm that the country of origin product marking instructions are strictly followed.

ü Confirm that supplier will use purchaser supplied Customs Harmonized Number in shipping description.

ü Specify to supplier transportation method and routing.

ü Confirm consignee, notify party, port, & markings and that buyer will receive copy of shipping papers.

ü Specify forwarder & broker if not included in P.O.

ü Confirm that supplier or forwarder has routing.

ü Confirm that transportation has been arranged.

ü Confirm that freight methods and rates used in original landed cost estimates are being used.

ü Confirm that some form of proof of origin will be sent to purchaser (No longer required for Customs Clearance, but may be needed for Customs' Audit).

ü Is an inspection certificate or other certification required & if so, is it complete.

ü Confirm special packaging arrangements.

ü Confirm hazardous cargo compliance.

ü Consider strikes or any other significant International events that may cause delay.

ü Confirm that procedure for transportation insurance coverage is being followed.

After Shipment Leaves Supplier

ü Confirm that freight forwarder has freight and that booking was made per routing instructions.

ü Confirm shipment is on intended vessel/flight.

ü Determine if pre-clear through Customs is possible.

ü Check Documents received to ensure correct consignee, notify party, destination and markings.

ü Confirm forwarder has sent copies of documents to purchaser & broker.

ü Confirm broker is aware of shipment, has all necessary documents, and has been given inland shipping instructions.

ü Prepare info for special clearances such as FDA if required.

ü Confirm arrival with broker.

ü Confirm Custom clearance with broker.

ü Obtain pro number, trailer number, name & phone number of inland carrier.

ü Confirm inland delivery with inland carrier.

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