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Customs Explains 5 Common Problems in Cargo Declaration

Basenton Logistics Customs Explains Five Common Problems in Cargo Declaration

1. What are the forms of import and export goods declaration?

According to the “Customs Law of the People’s Republic of China”, customs declaration enterprises shall adopt electronic data declaration forms and paper declaration forms when making declarations to the customs. At present, with the continuous development and update of technology, declarations to the customs are mainly in the form of electronic data declarations. When declarations are made to the customs that do not use the customs information management system, the declaration enterprises can adopt the paper declaration form. 

Customs Explains Five Common Problems in Cargo Declaration


2. What are the customs’ requirements for the time of declaration?

According to the “Customs Law of the People’s Republic of China”, the consignee of imported goods and the entrusted customs declaration enterprise shall declare to the customs within 14 days from the date of declaration of entry of the means of transport.

The consignee of the imported transit cargo and the entrusted customs declaration enterprise shall, within 14 days from the date of declaration of entry of the means of transport, go through the transit formalities with the customs at the place of entry, and the relevant goods shall arrive at the designated place of shipment on the day Declare to the customs at the place of shipment within 14 days from the beginning.

The consignor of export goods and the entrusted customs declaration enterprise shall declare to the customs after the goods arrive at the customs supervision area and 24 hours before the loading. 

3. Why must the original bill of lading be used to declare to the customs?

The original bill of lading and waybill are the proof of property rights held by the consignee of the imported goods for taking delivery, and are also necessary documents when declaring to the customs. The enterprise should go through the customs clearance procedures on the basis of the original bill of lading and waybill. When the customs releases the goods, it shall stamp the release seal on the original bill of lading and waybill. 

4. After the goods arrive at the port, can the consignee of the imported goods inspect the goods before declaring them to the customs?

Can. According to the “Customs Law of the People’s Republic of China”, the consignee of imported goods can see the goods in advance, and the customs must send customs officers to the scene. According to relevant regulations, the results of the inspection must be signed and filed. 

5. When declaring to the customs, in addition to submitting the import and export goods declaration form, what other documents should be submitted?

(1) Contract;
(2) Invoice;
(3) Packing list;
(4) The cargo list (manifest);
(5) Delivery (shipment) bill;
(6) Agreement on the authorization of customs declaration as an agent;
(7) Import and export licenses;
(8) Processing trade manuals (paper or electronic data) and other import and export related documents required by the customs. 

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