Remember the lead time of your rapid prototype part order does not just include manufacturing but also shipping. The speed at which you can utilize or test your part depends on how quickly it physically arrives at your location.
In this article, we will look at some of the most common reasons for why shipments get held up at customs, as well as methods to minimize the possibility of a customs hold.
1. Provide necessary documents
The main documents include commercial invoice and the air waybill. You may need additional documents depending on the origin, destination, commodity and value of the shipment, these include:
2. Provide a clear and detailed description
Give customs authorities a clear indication of what’s in your shipment. The description should explain what it is, what it’s made of, and what it’s used for (if applicable), even if it’s just an assembly piece. It should be clear and describe all items included in the shipment.
3. Use the right HS code
The Harmonised System (HS codes) classifies goods so customs authorities know which taxes, duties, and controls may apply. Generally, prototypes and test parts shipped are classified using a standard HS code. However, classifying production parts can be trickier. If your products fall into multiple categories or have unique specifications, it’s crucial to carefully select the most accurate HS code.
Consider consulting with customs experts or utilising online resources to ensure the proper classification of your goods. It also helps to be transparent with the manufacturer/exporter about the intended use of the part and any additional and relevant information can assist in determining the most appropriate HS code for your specific product.
4. Value your shipment accurately
Even if the item is an injection moulded sample piece, it still has a value of at least the production costs. The value should be as accurate as possible. If customs question your valuation, it could cause delays and penalties. Also, make sure to list the value of the goods in the currency you specified on the invoice.
5. Share the FDA registration code
If the parts ordered are to be assembled in a medical device, you’ll need to share the FDA registration code within the “end use” section of the customs information section.
Although our Incoterms are DDU, we understand that customs can be a real pain, so we’re here to help. HLH Rapid’s team monitor every international shipment to ensure that you have a speedy delivery with every custom order. Feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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