ARRIVAL NOTICE (NOTICE OF ARRIVAL) IN INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF SEAFREIGHT

Arrival Notice (also called Notice of Arrival) in respect of international shipping of seafreight is an international shipping document issued by an ocean freight carrier or ocean freight's agent to consignee/recipient of internationally shipped goods (and to the notify party, if any) to inform about the arrival of international seafreight shipment. Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) provides shipment details and charges and documents required to enable the consignee to make customs clearance and arrange pickup and delivery of his/her international shipment.

Besides of essential information duplicated from international seafreight Bill of Lading such us the international seafreight bill of lading number, sailing details (name of vessel, voyage, ETD, ETA), number and description of shipping units etc, Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) should also provide complete information related to the international shipping cargo recovery at the destination:

  • Ocean freight carrier's or the ocean freight carrier's release charges
  • Cargo location address and contact phone number
  • LOT number associated with the freight location or other reference(s) related to the freight identification
  • Instruction on the international shipment recovery etc.

It is very important to understand that, in respect of international shipping of sea freight, an Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) itself is NOT a release document. Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) is an international shipping document that allows to consignee/recipient of internationally shipping goods to initiate his/her international shipment's recovery at the destination country by following and obeying legal rules on import recovery upon entering of the goods in commerce zone of the in the destination country.

PARTIES INVOLVED IN INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING RECOVERY UPON ENTERING IMPORTED GOODS INTO DESTINATION COUNTRY’S COMMERCE ZONE (SEAFREIGHT IS ARRIVING TO THE DESTINATION):

  • Consignee (importer of records) itself
  • Destination’s country officials (Destination country's Customs, Government agencies that may concern of imported goods, border protection officers etc)
  • International ocean freight carrier and/or the international ocean freight carrier agent
  • Customs broker, if consignee or importer of records requests customs brokerage service in assisting him/her in filing import entry and paying customs duty, taxes and fees on imported goods (if any)
  • Other party related to the international shipment recovery and delivery (if necessary) at the destination:  domestic freight forwarders, bonded and local warehouses, cartage companies etc

Note: Import recoveries in international shipping is a complicated and time sensitive process. Even though most of countries over the world allow to consignees (importers of records) working on international shipments recoveries directly with the customs, unless you are not a professional freight forwarder, it is the good idea to work on recovery of your import with an international carrier's agent or hire a destination countries' customs broker in the purpose to clear your import with customs and get it to your possession. If you forget about or do not pay proper attention to your importing goods, that does not mean that the destination counties' officials will forget about it. For a reasonable fee you should avoid headache and/or extra charges and/or penalties that may occur in event if your fail in your destination country's import recovery procedures.

EXPECT AND DO NOT MISS AN ARRIVAL NOTICE (NOTICE OF ARRIVAL) FOR YOUR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENT

Arrival Notice in Seafreight

As a rule, Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) in international shipping of seafreight should be issued to the consignee and notify party in advance, in several day before your international seafreight shipment will be entered in commerce zone of your destination country. Then you should have a time to be prepared to the import recovery. An Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) can be faxed or emailed to the Consignee and/or to their Broker/Agent. Expect and do not miss it! Upon the receipt start working on your international shipment recovery or forward this document to a party authorized by you on the import recovery without delay. Keep eyes on the recovery. Do not let it go out of your control. You may find useful to be acknowledged with time frames on U.S. import entries filing and international shipments recovery in this link http://internationalshippingusa.com/Entry_Of_Merchandise_in_international_shipping.aspx

If for any reasons you will not receive an Arrival Notice (Notice of Arrival) as expected, then contact the international ocean freight carrier that handle your international shipment or international ocean freight carrier's destination agent as/if stated in your international seafreight Bill of Lading.

 
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