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Procedures of transportation through express couriers

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08Procedures of transportation /dispatch through express couriers

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1. Intra-GCC transportation/dispatch of  consignments/parcels may be handled by express couriers without customs clearance, subject to the following conditions:
a.   The express courier or its branch office,  or the courier to which the parcels are consigned  shall have a valid license issued  by the competent GCC authorities.
b.   The location/office of the courier to which the parcels are consigned shall be under control of the respective GCC customs offices, otherwise dispatched goods shall be unloaded in the designated customs office in the GCC States. 
c.    Consignments/packages shall be addressed and dispatched to a person(s) based in the GCC States.
d.    Consignments/packages shall be addressed and dispatched to a company(s) based in the GCC States.
e.   Consignments/packages shall not weigh over 50 Kg
f.    The estimated value of the consignments /packages shall not exceed SR1000 or its equivalent in local GCC currencies.
g.   A cash security or bank guarantee shall be submitted to the customs office to ensure that such consignments /packages will reach its final destination.The estimated value of the consignments /packages shall not exceed SR1000 or its equivalent in local GCC currencies.

2. The following consignments/packages shall be subject to the customs clearance procedures at first point of entry, and a single customs declaration shall be completed for each of them:
 i. any consignment/package/parcel weighing over 50Kg.
ii.  parcels the value of which exceeds SR1000 or its equivalent in local GCC currencies.
iii. restricted  goods
iv. goods of special nature

3. Express couriers may carry out clearance  of the goods conveyed by them provided they satisfy customs clearance requirements of the GCC customs offices, or authorize a customs clearing agent pursuant to the regulations applicable in each GCC State.

4. In the event the importer chooses to clear the consignment/package in the GCC States, the express couriers shall follow all customs clearance procedures (as set out in this Guide) in terms of (importation, exportation, re-exportation, depositing the goods with the free zones and customs warehouses, etc.).

5. Goods may be unloaded or trans loaded only under supervision of the respective GCC customs office.

6. The applicant shall provide the following information:

  • a. Truck license plate No.
  • b. Description of goods/parcels and total weight thereof, and whether goods are subject to any restrictions, if any.
  • c. Number of packages and pieces, description of packing, marks and numbers.
  • d. Names of consigner and consignee
  • e. Seaports/airports where goods have been consigned from.

  • 7. The express courier, its agent or representative shall be responsible for any shortage in the number of packages or contents thereof until the packages are delivered to the consignee premises which fall under supervision of the customs office.

    8. The manifest shall be produced to the customs office immediately upon arrival of the aircraft or truck.

    10. A declaration of the dispatch of the consignment/packages from one customs office/warehouse to another customs office/warehouse  shall be completed.

    11. Carrier/truck may not cross beyond the land boundaries falling within the zone of the customs office.

    12. The manifest or dispatch application may be submitted on line (electronically) to the respective customs office.

    13. The courier shall submit the duly attested duplicate of the manifest as well as the dispatch declaration approved by the customs office at the country of destination, to be all submitted to the customs office at first point of entry for settlement of entries and guarantees.

    14. The customs office may request translation of the foreign      invoices/documents into Arabic. 

    15.  The truck shall satisfy the following specifications:

a. A partition shall be installed between the driver's cabin and the load compartment.

b. No goods can be taken out from /put in the part  whereunto the customs seal (lead) is affixed without leaving obvious traces.

c. Truck shall not contain unseen spaces wherein goods can be concealed.

d. The bed of the load compartment, as well the sides thereof shall be fixed to the chassis in a manner that allows it to be separated (dismantled) only from inside.

e. The consignment shall be placed in a one-door container, fitted with a lock that allows affixing the customs seal thereon. The seal number to be recorded in the customs declaration.


16.  Customs seals shall satisfy the following requirements:

a. to be made of weatherproof robust metal or plastic material .

b. to be of a suitable shape and size that can be easily seen .

c. to be difficult to imitate or forge.

e. to bear the word “customs" and the country's name.

f. to have serial numbers.

g. to be of a disposable type (i.e. that can be used for just one time).

17. The load compartment/container shall satisfy the following requirements:

a. The doors and closing/locking systems shall be designed in a way that enables customs seal to be affixed easily.

b. The closing/locking system shall be installed in a way that it cannot be  removed or replaced from outside.

c. The door shall be designed in a way that it cannot be opened without removing the customs seals therefrom.

d. The ventilation ducts (louvers)  shall be designed in a way that does not  allow opening them from outside, or remove goods through them.

e. Customs seals shall be easily and efficiently affixed.

Required documents: 

1.Manifest

Procedures:

  1. The express courier shall submit the arrival manifest to the customs office at first point of entry
  2. The express courier shall sort and assemble the consignments/packages to be transported.
  3. The express courier shall submit an electronic transport declaration for each bill of lading and present it to customs office for the consignments/packages to be transported under the arrival manifest.
  4. The express courier shall complete the manifest issued under the unified customs declaration agreed on within the GCC framework.
  5.  Consignments/packages shall be subject to inspection and examination based on risk assessment criteria. The competent customs officer shall verify the consignments/packages, sealing of the means of transport, register the customs seal number on the manifest and finally issue the exit order.
  6. Upon arrival of the truck in the customs office/destination, the competent customs officer shall stamp and endorse the manifest after ensuring that the customs seal/lead is intact.
  7. For the purposes of settlement of the entries and guarantees, the express courier shall submit the attested/endorsed copy of the manifest approved by the competent customs officer at the customs office of the country of destination to the customs office at the first point of entry.

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