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6. Procedures and Documentary Requirement

Importation
Exportation
  1. 1. Submission of a Declaration :
    The first stage of import clearance process is to complete an Import Declaration and submit it to the e-Customs system. Prior to the arrival of cargo or upon the arrival of cargo, a shipping agent electronically transmits a ship or aircraft arrival report, and manifest information to the e-Customs system. If there is no error, the ship or aircraft arrival report number is automatically generated by the e-Customs system and the response message is transmitted to the shipping agent. When the cargo arrives at the port or place of entry, an importer or a Customs broker submits an Import Declaration to the e-Customs system.
  2. 2. Check and Verification of the Declaration:
    The second stage is the check and verification of the Declaration and all supporting documents (in case of red line) made by an importer. Again, the e-Customs system validates the given data and issues a Declaration and Payment Numbers within a few seconds in conjunction with the e-payment. In addition, the selectivity profile system will validate the transmitted data and specify the Goods Declaration to be the Green Line or Red Line.
  3. Payment of Import Duties and Taxes:
    The third stage is payment of applicable duties and taxes and/or guarantee. There are currently 2 options for the payment of import duties and taxes: payment at the Customs Department, and payment via e-Payment system.
  4. 4. Inspection and Release of Cargo:

    The last stage is to inspect and finally release cargo from Customs custody.

    • 4.1In case of green line,
      an importer submits the verified Declaration together with the payment receipt at appropriate warehouses for the release of goods. At this stage, cargo data is screened against predetermined selectivity criteria in order to indicate whether the Declaration is under a Red Line (requiring thorough physical inspection) or a Green Line (permission of release). A Green Line Declaration is cleared within a few minutes without Customs intervention. Then, the cargo status is electronically sent to both the Port Authority and the importer/Customs broker.
    • 4.2In case of red line,
      the predetermined selectivity criteria indicates that the cargo is subject to be the Red Line, the Port Authority removes the cargo container for physical inspection by Customs before the release of the cargo.
  1. 1. Submission of a Declaration:
    The export procedures start when an exporter/broker submits an Export Declaration in ebXML message to the e-Customs system.
  2. 2. Verification of a Declaration:
    The second stage is automated verification of the Declaration. As soon as the e-Customs system receives the Export Declaration data, such data is preliminary validated. In cases where the validated data contains no error, the Goods Declaration number is generated in conjunction with the e-Payment system (if export taxes and duties are applicable.). The response message, then, is transmitted to the exporter/broker. In addition, the selectivity profile system will validate the transmitted data and classify the Goods Declaration into two categories: Green Line and Red Line.
  3. 3. Payment of Duties and Taxes:
    The third stage is payment of applicable duties and taxes and/or guarantee. There are currently 3 means for payment of export duties and taxes: payment at the Customs Department, payment via e-Payment system, and payment at banks.
  4. 4. Inspection and Release of Cargo:

    The last stage is to inspect and finally release cargo from Customs custody. At this stage, a freight forwarder loads cargo into containers and electronically sends a cargo control report to the e-Customs system. The e-Customs system validates the data, and reports any error for immediate online correction. If no error is found, the cargo control report number is automatically generated by the system and the response message is sent to the freight forwarder and the exporter/broker. The freight forwarder then prints out the cargo control report with its number and removes the cargo to the port of exit. At this stage, the Customs officer at a sub-gate checks whether the declaration is a Red Line or a Green Line.

    • 4.1 In case of the green line, the Declaration is cleared within a few minutes. After the cargo is exported, a shipping company/agent is required to submit, the manifest information to the e-Customs system. The system then automatically loads the Goods Declaration and transmits the response message back to the exporter/broker.
    • 4.2 In case of the red line, the cargo is removed for physical inspection.

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