Do ports have a responsibility to check customs release documents..??

Do ports have a responsibility to check customs release documents..??

This question popped into my head the other day after seeing the discussions on my post Bill of Lading vs Customs Documents..

Port and Customs are two different entities and in a lot cases Ports are privately operated whereas Customs is always part of the Government..

A port (whether private or public) would be the last bastion before the cargo is released to the receiver (in the case of imports) or shipped on board a vessel (in the case of exports)..

do ports have a responsibility to check customs release documents

As it stands now, the entire responsibility of release or shipment of cargo after due customs clearance rests on the shoulders of the shipping line and/or its agent, whereas the cargo is stored at the port..

While it is the responsibility of the client to process the documents with customs, does the port have any responsibility to ensure that the cargo released or shipped has been cleared by customs..?? After all, both entities are working in the interest of legal trade across the world..


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So I wanted to hear from you if there are ANY ports in the world that has this check point..

Let’s take a vote and see what the results are..

Does the port in your country check whether cargo has been authorised for release by customs before the cargo is allowed to leave the port area

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6 thoughts on “Do ports have a responsibility to check customs release documents..??”..

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  1. In Spain you couldn’t release the container if the customs brokerage (and the payment of the duties) is not terminated. The port and the Ocean Companies help the customs authorities to release the cargoes ONLY after to be 100% sure that the customs clearance was done.
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  2. Our Port Authority grant delivery of the consignment after customs have verified, released and authorized for delivery.

    1. Port Authority/ CFS / ICD are the custodian of Customs No One can remove the goods or cart inside the Goods with Customs permission. So the answer is Yes.

    2. I used to work in Arshiya International – FTWZ ( Free Yrade Warehouse Zone). It was private port . We always used to release shipment from our port after verification by cuatorm dept., release and Delivery order of Shipping line.