Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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What is ISF?

Importer Security Filing (ISF), also known as “10+2”, is a U.S. Customs and Border protection regulation mandated for Ocean cargo imports to US. ISF is required to be filed at least 24 hours prior to sailing from last origin port.

What is AMS?

All cargoes imported to US required cargo declarations with detailed information to the US Customs Departments. Cargoes must be declared 24 hours before they leave the loading port. AMS is an Automated Manifest System, is an electronic system operated by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for transferring and verifying cargo data when exporting to the USA.

What is FCL/ LCL?

FCL refers to shipments for which all goods in a container are owned by one party, while LCL involves multiple shippers’ goods packed together.

Can I ship cargoes with Battery?

Carrier require MSDS, Battery Test Report & Certification for safe transport of goods to further check the acceptance to ship the consignment with Battery.

Do I require to pay Duty/Tax for cargoes import/export to Hong Kong?

In HK, there are four types of commodities required to pay duty which are liquors (alcohol strength over 30%), tobacco, hydrocarbon oil and methyl alcohol.

Other Questions

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What is the difference between Gross weight and Volume weight for Air shipment?

Chargeable Weight. The Chargeable weight is the actual gross weight or volume weight, whichever is higher, provided that where a lower charge for a higher minimum weight applies, the latter shall be retained as chargeable weight.

Do all cargoes required to screen by X-ray start from 2021?

Changes to the Transitional Arrangement for ICAO New Policy Direction

To help the air cargo industry gradually gear up for the full implementation of the ICAO new policy direction, the Government has been supporting and facilitating the air cargo industry in their preparation for the enhanced screening requirements. One of the key measures, as promulgated by the Government in October 2018, is to put in place a transitional arrangement. According to the arrangement, starting from November 2019, the Regulated Agents (RAs) are required to gradually increase the screening percentage of known cargoes consigned by existing known / account consignors, which have not been validated by CAD to 100% in phases before the deadline imposed by ICAO (30 Jun 2021).

What documents required for Air shipments?

Commercial Invoice & Packing List for Customs clearance purpose.