IS YOUR PRODUCT GENERAL CARGO? When importing into Pakistan a quick way of identifying if your goods are general cargo is to ask the following questions: Are my goods perishable? Are my goods made of wooden articles, plant materials or feathers? Is my cargo hazardous? Does it contain a hazardous label or is it batteries?
Your product may need extra documentation and processing before export if your product fall under any of the above. It is better to get prior consultation before loading cargo. Below are the documents which are normally required for import of general cargo:
· Commercial invoice – a detailed invoice which outlines the price and the amount of the purchased goods.
· Packing List – your supplier will give you this. It contains information about how your goods are packed, including the weight and dimensions
· . Certificate of Origin – If you’re importing from a country with a free trade agreement with Pakistan, this document may help you avoid duty charges. Make sure your supplier supplies you this document.
· *Fumigation Certificate – If importing from a stink bug high target risk country you may need to ensure your cargo is treated prior to import.
· Bill of lading – it is mandatory for customs clearence, clearly mentioning shipper and consignee details.
· Contract- LC or contract also needs to be submitted in weboc.
If you are new to importing or have just changed forwarders to ICE, you can expect an initial customs hold on arrival. That is your goods will be examined, this is standard practice and customs will normally check your documentation to ensure all is in order. Expect your goods to take a few days to be delivered after arrival at the sea port if sending via sea freight.