Q & A for Warehousing Businesses
1.Q:What procedures are required for import products to be discharged and stored in the warehouse?
A:Warehouse operators shall, after receipt of electric data transmitted by the carriers or written import manifest, complete the Form of Goods to Be Stored and Joint Guarantee with detailing name of the vessel and umber of pieces of the goods and forward to the carriers who will, based on the regulations of Rules of Customs Clearance for Carriers, apply for Approval List or Special Approval List issued by Customs to discharge the goods to be stored in the warehouses.
2.Q:Is there any time limit for the import/export goods of entry into or departure from the warehouse?
A:The discharge and storage of imports and the withdrawal of released exports shall be conducted between .m. and 6 p.m. daily except for holidays. The warehousing of exports and the withdrawal of released imports shall be conducted during Customs office hours. Nevertheless, autonomous import/export warehouse operators approved by the Customs and under other particular situations approved by Customs are excluded.
3.Q:What procedures are required for the over-discharge or short-discharge of imports while warehousing?
A:In the event of over or short discharge of sea-going imports shipments, warehouse operators shall submit over-discharge/ short-discharge reports within the following time limits: within three days following the date of devanning for the containerized goods; within seven days following the date of the completion of warehousing for non-container goods.
4.Q:How to apply for shut out?
A:In the event of shut out, warehouse operator shall isolate the goods with clear indication. The owner of the goods shall complete application forms. After the seals of the clerks at the warehouse, warehouse operator shall check the name of the vessel, voyage, numbers of the cartons and number of pieces of goods before the goods departing from the warehouse.
5.Q:What are the procedures for sample-taking, sample inspection, notarization or other necessary maintenance on the warehoused imports, exports or transshipped or transited goods?
A:In the above cases, the owner of the goods shall apply for a permit and, after the Customs officer in charge approved, the warehouse operators should monitor the operations. , The package of goods shall be recovered by the owner of the goods.
6.Q:What to do if the goods at the warehouse are damaged?
A:Warehouse operators shall immediately submit a list of goods damaged, deteriorated or lost to the Customs after the countersignature by the operator delivering such goods.
7.Q:Is there any time limit for goods to be delivered into or from the bonded warehouses?
A:It should be done in the office hours of the Customs, except for the warehouses under autonomous management approved by the Customs or other particular conditions.
8.Q:How to return the shipment of goods stored at the bonded warehouses for export?
A:Owner of the goods or warehouse warrant holders shall complete the application for returned shipment of bonded goods for export at the governing Customs Offices to acquire Approval Form of Departure from the Warehouse and make customs clearance at the Customs Office of the place for export. With the Approval Form, warehouse operator shall, along with the supervising Customs officer, withdraw the goods from the warehouse after checking the marks and quantity. Goods will be delivered under the supervision of Customs officer to the Customs Office for clearance.
9.Q:Is there any time limit on the storage and withdrawal of goods loaded in containers?
A:The discharge of the imported or transited goods that shipped in containers and the withdrawal of released exports shall be conducted between 6 am and 6 pm, except holidays and weekends. Any operations outside the above hours shall be approved in advance. The warehousing of exports and the withdrawal of released imports and transited goods shall be conducted during Customs office hours. However, these are applicable to the Customs-approved autonomous terminals and other special circumstances.
10.Q:How to withdraw the import goods or goods for transit to other domestic ports from the warehouse?
A:Terminal operators shall, with the release notice, delivery order, approval form of transit or other documents approved by the Customs, verify the consignee, marks of the goods, number of cartons and the number of pieces of goods. Goods shall be withdrawn after confirming these details are correct. For the containerized goods, the container mark, number shall be verified before withdrawal.
11.Q:What measures are required for supervision, sampling or examining the samples from the import goods or goods for transit to other domestic ports from the warehouse?
A:Owners of the goods shall apply for approval form the Customs while terminal operators shall proceed upon the instructions of the approval from or the supervision of the customs clerks. The sealed off goods shall be re-sealed by the owners of the goods.
12.Q:What procedures are required for over discharge or short discharge of warehoused imported goods and transited containers or goods?
A:The terminal, for the goods stored at the locations under Customs’ supervision, operators shall submit the over/short discharge report within the following deadlines to Customs. Provided the report shall be annulled or corrected, it shall be done within 3 days following the date of submission.
(1)Co-loaded, ready to containerized carg container removed within 3 days from the day of completion.
(2)Non-containerized goods: within 7 days following the date when the goods are wholly stored.
(3)Full Container and the container is provided by the goods owner: within 1 day following the date of dischargeing.
13.Q:How shall exporters export goods in containers?
A:They shall first deliver the containers (goods) to the container terminals. After checks and acceptance, the terminal operator shall issue a certificate and transmit it instantly to Customs. Where the exports are loaded in containers, the carrier shall, after Customs release, apply for Customs seals or prepare the customs authorized seals, and then the terminal operator shall seal the containers. Terminal operators shall, upon the exit of containers, print out the delivery order, which serves concurrently as the release permit, and transmit the data for the goods to be loaded on the ship. However, those full load containers entering the container terminal and released free from examination by Customs are exempt from sealing if the containers are loaded in the original wharf.
14.Q:What are the procedures to re-open the containers sealed by the Customs for re-loading?
A:(1) Been export customs inspection after loading the container, such as the installation to be re-opened container, packaging or modified. Carriers shall apply for special approval form or approval documents with designated person supervising at the export warehouse or designated supervision areas in the station. Upon the completion of the procedures, the marks will be made on either the special approval form, approval documents, as well as on the export container list (documents or information).
(2)If the re-loading in the released containers was applied by the customs brokers, the agreement letter from the owner of goods is required to be submitted as well. The carriers also have to specify “Consent to Re-loading” on the application forms.
(3)The container will be sealed after re-loading. The new seal numbers, updated information and documents will be filed in the computer record.
15.Q:What is the reasonable duration for transit of containers?
A:(1) The reasonable duration for transit of containers is as follows:
a.Keelung Customs Office (including Wudu Branch and Lioudu Branch )—Taoyuan Branch—2.5 hours
b.Keelung Customs Office—Wudu Branch , and Lioudu Branch —1 hour (1.5 hours for the substitute route during traffic control)
c.Keelung Customs Office (including Wudu Branch and Lioudu Branch )—Wharfs of Taichung Harbor (including all terminals and Free trade zone)—6 hours; Taichung Export Processing Zone Station—5 hours and 40 minutes
d.Taoyuan Branch, Keelung Customs Office – Wharfs of Taichung Harbor(including all terminals and Free trade zone) – 5 hours, Taichung Export Processing Zone Station – 4 hours and 40 minutes.
e.Keelung Customs Office including Wudu Branch and Lioudu Branch )—Kaohsiung Customs Office (including all terminals and export processing zones)--10 hours
f.Taoyuan Branch, Keelung Customs Office – Kaoshiung Customs Office (includeing all terminals, export processing zones) – 8.5 hours.
(2)The above durations do not include container terminals in . Please refer to KCO announcements and website (http://keelung.customs.gov.tw)
(3)In the event of special conditions (e.g. car accidents, breakdown on the way and road works), truth has to be confirmed to allow extra time.
16.Q:Will the owner of goods be charged for additional supervision fee for the request of the sampling on the import goods or reviewing the unreleased goods at the storage place?
A:(1)For the request of the owner of the goods to fetch samples from import goods: A special supervision fee of NT450 will be charged for each shift by one declaration.
(2)For the request of the owner of the goods to review the unreleased goods at the storage place: A special supervision fee of NT450 will be charged for each shift by one declaration.
(3)No special supervision fee is required for terminals under autonomous management approved by the Customs.
17.Q:Is a supervision fee required for extra printing of markings on import goods or numbers of cartons?
A:(1)To make extra printing of markings on import goods or numbers of cartons upon the request of owner of the goods requires a special supervision fee of NT450 for each shift in each declaration.
(2)No special supervision fee is required for the terminals with autonomous management approved by the Customs.