On receipt of the documents sent by the export department, the clearing and forwarding agent takes delivery of the cargo from the railway station or the road transport company and arranges its storage in the warehouse. He also initiates action to obtain customs clearance and permission from the port authorities to bring cargo into the shipment shed.

The objectives of customs control are

  • To ensure that the goods go out of the country after compliance with different laws concerning export trade
  • To ensure authenticity of value of export goods to check over/under invoicing
  • To correctly assess and collect export duty, if applicable
  • To compile data on cargo movements