Why Are Controlled-Use Goods So Hard To Ship?

The substances and materials that are treated with the greatest amount of sensitivity at the border of virtually every country are those that can be used for both civilian and military means. Their use must, therefore, be controlled to ensure public safety. This type of dual-use technology can refer to missiles, nuclear power, chemical and biological substances, however computer software and IT equipment can also pose a threat or be seized illegally, and are therefore treated with significant caution as well.

In order for a technologies reseller to transport their goods overseas, the shipment must meet strict criteria else be held and denied clearance. Several documents must accompany these materials such as a commercial invoice, freight delivery waybill, certifications, import permits and more. However, the process becomes more complex when distributing to many places, as each country has its own set of regulations regarding the handling of technologies at customs.

Where computer technologies are concerned, more often than not they are leased. But without a trusted and local tax paying entity, or customer there to clear off on the goods, they cannot be admitted into the country. This adds another layer to the distribution process, requiring resellers to partner with an Importer of Record. Hiring an expert in imports however can ease pain points within the process. They can guarantee clearance because they hold a point of presence in the receiving country, and more importantly, they can ensure the accuracy of any supporting documentation before the package is shipped. Companies specializing in the distribution of technologies like TecEx.com for example, go one step further and can apply for a value-add tax refund on the reseller’s behalf from 40 of the 136 countries with which they hold a point of presence. Resellers and their clients can anticipate this tax back within six months of clearance.

The company further guarantees transparency, and promises to only charge the landed-cost quote regardless of any changes made to the receiving country’s legislature or customs regulations thereafter. They also offer reliability with best lead times, as they assure the goods will clear within seven days of customs pre-approval. For a reseller looking for a hands-on service, they also provide access to an online portal which allows the shipment to be tracked in real time. Should there be any questions or concerns, resellers may contact their client services executive by using the portal for fast and dependable service.

When shipping controlled-use goods across foreign borders, it’s better to be over-prepared than suffer costly delays. Unfortunately, in most cases, technology resellers cannot accomplish clearance on their own. Therefore when choosing an Importer of Record to help with clearance, ensure they will not only guarantee the safe and compliant delivery of your goods, but that they can take the reigns on the entire process from securing the documentation to liaising with your forwarder post-clearance. By allowing the professionals to manage the logistics, it allows your company to continue securing the international partnerships that are beneficial for your business.

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