Difficult Items to Ship and How to Attain Compliant Clearance

Many countries have strict regulations surrounding the importing and exporting of dangerous or sensitive materials. Typically, these goods are classified into categories like dual-use, or military. Some examples of these items include small arms, protective equipment, sensors, lasers, and high-end electronics or computer software. Each country has their own methods for dealing with these types of shipments, however even those that are considered to be relatively low risk or benign, like those imported for commercial and personal use, often must undergo the same complicated clearance process as high-risk items. They must even be shipped to special high-security data centres first before they can be processed and sent to their intended destinations.

This creates quite the predicament for entities like cloud-based service providers who are depending on the compliant clearance of existing technologies in order to expand and offer strong signals locally. It also puts a heavy burden on the exporter, which in this case is the value-added reseller, to ensure that clearance occurs promptly. Unfortunately, without a strong and capable Importer of Record possessing sufficient knowledge and experience to guide the reseller through the process, the risk of a delay or something going awry at customs increases tenfold.

Thankfully, there are global importing services out there designed to speed up what can otherwise become a lengthy and frustrating process, importers that specialize in clearing controlled-use goods. Stop by TecEx.com — a company guaranteeing that the technologies and IT equipment they take responsibility for at the border will be awarded entry even to the most difficult of places. First of all, they have a point of presence in over 120 countries, and can confidently prepare the proper paperwork to accompany the shipment to these locations; this is known as the customs preapproval process. Documents may include a freight delivery waybill and commercial invoice, among other items specific to the receiving country.

Once the goods are shipped, the company’s on-the-ground team will meet the package at the border and work to obtain clearance, which is guaranteed within seven days after pre-approval. They then take the reseller’s expensive assets and liaise with their preferred forwarder or freight service so as to ensure the technologies arrive safely at the doorstep of their international clients. Resellers can also access a convenient online portal and follow their shipment from one part of the process to another; should there be any concerns, they can always connect with their client services representative through the portal.

While there are understandable reasons for foreign customs to take the arrival of dual-use materials seriously, this can often pose a great hassle for those reselling technologies, and for those who need to lease equipment to do business reliably. It is therefore recommended that an Importer of Record take over the transaction process, and manage the logistics that would undeniably take businesses away from other important activities. This way they can focus on expanding, and creating new relationships with clients overseas, not fretting over the clearance and safe arrival of their shipments.

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10 Nov 2017