Happy new year to all our clients and stakeholders.
- South Sudan pre-shipment inspection
Through various channels we have received attached communication that South Sudan will start with a pre-shipment verification programme (similar to Kenya/Uganda/Tanzania etc. etc) where the inspection company is BalticControl (not SGS or such). We are yet to obtain 100% official confirmation as many in the South Sudan government are not in office and returning from holiday still, but we think it is wise to already circulate this. As far as we know, UN/NGO cargo would be exempted from this programme, we are also trying to get confirmation of the same. We also have to as of yet understand fully how this would be enforced/checked. If you have a specific shipment you are worried might get caught up in this, please contact us.
- Seal Discrepancies
Frequently we see shipments with missing seals or seal nrs differ from the BL. We have always found ways to resolve this but as per attached notice from KAM, the customs will be much stricter on this in 2017, requiring official manifest amendment (C-11 procedure) and verification of the same. Note that C-11 amendment can take weeks once cargo has been discharged, and storage meanwhile is counted double (normal storage but C-11 punitive storage). We therefore urge all shippers/forwarders to ensure correct seal numbers on their documentation to avoid lengthy and expensive delays.