- Damage of Fragile Goods Due To Wrongful Packing:
This is a daily occurrence in the cargo business arising mostly from human and mechanical error.
Very fragile consignments are mostly found in the category of damaged goods.
- Breakable plates,
- Cups, chandeliers,
- Electronics and any other thing that is fragile in nature.
Weather conditions apart from human error also play a role in the damage of goods.
In other words, a clear and explicit marking, labeling and manifestation of goods will go a long way in checkmating the level of damages that occur in the cargo business.
The operatives and handlers should help by monitoring how baggage and cargo staff, including machine operators’ handle sensitive goods to avoid damage.
2. Trying To Play Smart With the Customs Can Lead To Seizure
Customs seizures happen frequently and these are mostly avoidable by clearing agents and importers.
This will be better understood in the following headings:
Concealment: concealment occurs when an agent tries to play a fast one during clearing by hiding a particular air waybill of goods inside another one and taking delivery without duty payment.
For instance, one may have an air waybill of 50 packages of goods and another air waybill of 20 packages.
Then he goes ahead to arrange both together, pays duty on the 50 packs without paying nothing on the 20.
This is cleverly done in a manner that the air waybill of 20 is not exposed on the body of the load. If this is detected during delivery, it could lead to customs seizure.
An importer is not to be blamed for this but most times the blame go to them for their unwillingness to pay the correct prices for import duty and clearing.
Overtime Cargo: This happens when a particular consignment has spent more than the required number of time in the cargo shed and with the unwillingness of importers to pay the accrued demurrage. In some countries, this can be taken by the customs to the government warehouse for auction.
Wrong Declaration: This happens when what is manifested on the customs e-manifest is not what is detected during both physical examination and scanning. This is avoidable because a concise advice from an agent to an importer will help in knowing the percentage of duty that every incoming consignment is supposed to pay thereby avoiding wrong declaration.
Non-Payment of Duty: It is highly avoidable and is not encouraged because the rigors of getting a consignment that falls into this category out of Government warehouse when seized is better not imagined.
Importing Prohibited Goods: With the rise of terrorism all over the world and the high-security risk we are subjected to, prohibited goods like firearms and Force Uniforms that are noticed during customs examinations go into outright seizure.
Except the importer has the required document from the various ministries in charge.
Delays may arise due to the following circumstances;
- Non-availability of funds for clearing.
- System breakdown or upgrade both at the sheds or banks not leaving out the DTI cafes.
- Inability to meet up with demands from customs can lead to delay.
- Transfer of cargo from one preferred terminal or shed.
- Mechanical breakdowns also play their own part.
Different people are born with different characteristics.
This plays out in the clearing field where people with varying ideas mingle.
Some come out to the sheds or delivery points just for the sole reason of stealing or diverting someone else’s cargo for sale or personal use.
It is advised that at every given time, one must keep a close tab on all goods within his reach to avoid them being stolen or diverted.
It is only on rare occasions that the airlines that a blame in the loss of cargo.
When this is noticed on the part of airlines, it is their duty to provide such missing cargo or face litigation.
To summarize everything above, the four import and export mistakes you must avoid this year are:
- Damage of Fragile Goods Due To Wrongful Packing
- Trying To Play Smart With Nigeria Customs Can Lead To Seizure
- Delay of Goods