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  • Complicated customs procedures causing delays resulting in congestion at port of entry (airport, road borders, sea portseaport) that affect turn-around time for feeder vessels and railway wagons, so affecting the flow of goods.
  • High volumes of emergency supplies flowing into a country causing a bottle neck to customs.
  • Complex and non-transparent administrative requirements, often pertaining to documentation.
  • High costs for processing trade information.

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Demurrage – Demurrage is the accrual of fees on any cargo items that are left in the holding of a customs authority or air/port side operation after a pre-defined time. Cargo that arrives via air/sea/land border is usually given a specific period of time to undergo clearance without additional charge. The duration of the free of charge period and the daily/hourly rates varies location to location, and is negotiated between the national authorities, the company/authority authorised to run the air/sea portseaport, handling agents, and the transport companies. Demurrage accrued from air and railway shipping typically begins with 1-3 days, while demurrage accrued sea shipping can start as late as two weeks after arrival. Importers should be aware of what their demurrage rates can be, as long-term delays can lead to significant costs.  

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Port of Entry Procedures

Most large sea ports seaports and international airports have the capacity to carrying out customs inspections, storage and clearance on site. For customs clearance to be official, there will need to be offices designated to the relevant customs authority and space for storage of goods undergoing customs.

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When planning arrival of cargo, it is extremely important to know if customs is an option, especially in post rapid-onset emergencies. There may be instances where planes or boats may be physically able to arrive at a sea port seaport or airport, but not actually able to legally import goods. 

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