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Introduction of Customs Clearance Modes

Introduction of Customs Clearance Modes

Any online declaration shall be checked by Customs computer system and may be selected for further cargo examination. The declaration and cargoes it covers shall be cleared through following modes:

(1) Channel one (C1): cargoes released without the review of written documents or physical examination;

(2) Channel two (C2): only the review of written documents is required prior to the release of cargoes; or

(3) Channel three (C3): both the review of written documents and physical examination are required prior to the release of cargoes.

 

For cargoes eligible to be released through C1 clearance mode, Customs shall, after the payment of the duty and charge, make online determinations of release to the Customs broker and the operator of the cargo freight station or container terminal concerned. A claim for released cargoes made from a Customs broker to the operator of a cargo freight station or container terminal shall be supported by a notice of release sent from Customs computer system, together with relevant certificates. All documents pertaining to each Customs declaration shall be kept within the prescribed period governing the Acts by the responsible Customs broker. Where necessary, Customs may request the responsible Customs broker to submit documents pertaining to a Customs declaration. Within three days following the date on which the above-mentioned request is received, the responsible Customs broker shall submit all the documents to Customs.

 

Where cargoes covered by a Customs declaration have been specified for going through C2, the responsible Customs broker shall submit a hard copy of the declaration and relevant documents for further review by the end of office hours of the day after the date of receiving the online determinations from Customs. However, the documents eligible to be submitted in soft copy by Customs announcement could be submitted by way of online declarations instead of filing paper documentation.

 

Where cargoes covered by a Customs declaration have been specified for going through C3, the responsible Customs broker the responsible Customs broker shall submit a hard copy of the declaration and relevant documents for carrying out physical examination by the end of office hours of the day after the date of receiving the online determinations from Customs. To facilitate the examination, Customs may also notice the cargo freight station or container terminal at which the cargoes are placed. However, the documents eligible to be submitted in soft copy by Customs announcement could be submitted by way of online declarations instead of filing paper documentation.

Issued:Department of Customs Clearance Affairs Release date:2021-08-05 Click times:136