In previous posts we have noted 3 common causes of customs delays: vague or incomplete descriptions, questionable valuations, and lack of IOR contact info on commercial invoices. These are the easy fixes. The real complexity in international trade is due to the many different regulations applying to destination countries.
Customs delays in other countries are problematic for exporters, requiring a lot of time and effort to resolve. Best practices in exporting include due diligence and research when shipping to a country for the first time. The Country Commercial Guides published by the International Trade Administration are an excellent no cost starting point. Here is the link:
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