One of the main activities of Freight Links Shipping is customs clearance and delivery of cargo. Whether the goods are General Cargo, Projects, Foodstuffs, Machinery or Components etc., our experience and expertise in the clearance to their particular requirements - Whether they be imports, exports, transshipments or re-exports.

The most prominent aspects of cargo clearance is documentation - filling of Bills of Entry or Shipping Bills, applications for Duty Exemption, preparation & attestation of documents etc with Chamber of Commerce, Inspection Agency or any other Authority are processed in a timely manner. There is also the matter of duties payable and Freight Links Shipping can correctly advice the applicable duty in each individual cases. The complexities of clearing cargo at the airport or seaport is made easy and delivery of goods is also carried out to any destination within India in the quickest possible time.
Freight Links Shipping has a team of dedicated professionals who can advice (free of cost) documentation requirements, best modes of transport, savings in freight, packing ideas & local rules and regulations.

The typical customs clearance procedure for import & export are depicted below
This is by far the more cumbersome of the two processes as a result of an Import Export policy designed to protect the Indian Economy. The Customs & Central Excise Tariff Policy covers virtually any item imported into India under 98 Chapters with numerous headings. The headings are 8 digit nos. as per international norms & each heading attracts a different rate of duty. In addition to this, the government issues notifications from time to time, offering concessions on the same with respect to certain class of goods which it deems necessary for various reasons.

It is therefore imperative that the Custom House Agent has an in-depth and clear understanding of the same in order to guide the clients on the best alternatives available to them. Freight Links Shipping by virtue of keeping a close and constant touch with key personnel in the Customs House, always ensures that the company is up to date on such changes.

Given the complex procedure of customs clearance in India, Freight Links Shipping dedicates itself to constantly stay abreast of developments and provide its customers with accurate and up-to-date information of charges, duty structures, procedures as well as formalities to be completed  prior to import or export of cargo.

Freight Links Shipping has proactively been at the forefront of the recent initiatives undertaken by Indian Customs to slowly change from a cumbersome and time consuming paper process to a highly computerized clearance procedure. Freight Links Shipping is already online with customs & is fully equipped to clear documents electronically.

To further enhance the quality of services and differentiate itself from others, Freight Links Shipping provides its customers with periodic stage wise progress reports tailored specifically to suit their requirements.

A. Import Clearance / Clearance Inwards

  • Prior Documentation:-

As soon as the advance set of documents received, the documentation process process starts with respect to classification of items for the best possible tariff benefit to the Customer with reference to various Custom Notifications / Exemptions etc. are being examined by a team of Experts. The pro-anticipation of problems by our Experts enable our Customers not only avoid the delay in clearance but also avoid heavy demurrage, detention charges etc., which account for huge financial loss.

  • Pre-alert Message:-

After necessary formalities are completed, the Customer is informed about the "Customs Duty" (if any) and other statutory payments. The Customer can plan disbursement of goods and logistics, even before the shipment arrival at Godown / Factory.

  • Documentation for Imports:-

The following documents are necessary to the clearance of Imported goods in India:

  • Invoice in Original - 5 Copies
  • Packing List in Original -3 Copies
  • Bill of Lading / AWB Original endorsed by the Importer or by the Bank as the case may be
  • Insurance Certificate / Cover note
  • Purchase Order & Letter of Credit (if any)
  • Price List / Sale Contract
  • Import License (if the Item requires License)
  • Technical Write-up / Literature (if it is Chemical Item) & Catalogue
  • Import Clearance Time:-
  • We understand the gravity of the "Transit Time for Import Clearance" and hence we put our best efforts to clear any given shipments at the earliest possible time. We count on Microseconds than Days. We normally clear within one / two clear working days for Imports after receipt of all the documents.


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