Customs Document Verification / Compliance both consist of a review of Bill of Entry (BoE) and associated pre-clearance documentation. The distinction is due to the risk level assigned to the BoE at the time of its submission to Customs. The risk level determines the routing of the BoE within Customs as follows:

  1. Low-risk BoEs are routed for “Document Verification”, after which approval for clearance may be made immediately.
  2. Higher-risk BoEs are routed for “Compliance”, after which cargo inspection is mandatory.

Process Description

The Customs Document Verification / Compliance Sub-process contains 3 basic steps:

  1. Customs reviews the Bill of Entry (BoE) and associated pre-clearance documentation.
  2. Customs makes a decision on further processing:
    1. If the BoE is routed for “Document Verification”, Customs may carry out one of the following actions:
      1. Approve the BoE for immediate clearance  
      2. Approve the BoE but escalate it for cargo inspection
      3. Query the BoE
      4. Reject the BoE
    2. If the BoE is routed for Compliance, Customs may carry out one of the following actions :
      1. Approve BoE for cargo inspection
      2. Query the BoE
      3. Reject the BoE
  3. In cases where the BoE is not approved, the Customs Declarant must either:
    1. Submit additional information to answer the query, or
    2. Re-submit the BoE to address the issues identified in the Rejected BoE

Inputs Needed

  1. Bill of Entry
  2. Pre-clearance documentation:
    1. UCR
    2. eFCVR
    3. eIDF
    4. ePermit
    5. eExemption
    6. Scanned Invoice

Prerequisites

  1. BoE submitted successfully
  2. Duty and Taxes Paid