Ports and Air Cargo Terminals are required under their Procedure Statements to advise Customs if goods are not exported as entered. Ports will need a valid Customs clearance for the new vessel or port of loading before they can load, thus you will need to amend the vessel name or port of loading on the entry or Consolidator's Outward Report to enable this. Some brokers/exporters may prefer to cancel and re-lodge the entry, depending on how easily adjustments can be made via your EDI software.
Cleared entries and ECI reports made over the Online Declarations website cannot yet be adjusted, thus users need to request the Customs Client Service section at the processing port to amend the entry. This should be done by email or fax (refer to numbers under Contact Us). ECI reports will have to be cancelled and re-entered, as Customs cannot adjust these.
Shipping companies need to advise their clients about vessel or port changes as soon as possible to ensure the right port has the clearance for the right vessel as early as possible.
Last updated: Friday, 15 April 2011
For airfreight, there is currently a problem for the Air Cargo Terminal Operator (CTO) in identifying the individual consignments that have been offloaded, as a consolidation is likely to be loaded across various "units", and the CTO does not receive a consignment-level load plan. Customs intends to work with consolidators, integrators and CTOs to resolve this, but in the meantime, does not require the Customs clearance to be amended for airfreight unless it is a master waybill consignment. CTOs will need to advise such consignors as soon as possible about the change of flight to enable adjustment of the clearance in time for loading.