What is Pre – Arrival Declaration?
Pre – Arrival Declaration is the facility in the clearance system which allows the Importer/Agent to start the clearance procedures of the goods before the arrival of the goods at the entry point. This facility helps the importer to accomplish some of the procedures before arrival of the goods hence reduce the time to be spent for clearance of the goods upon arrival of the goods. Initial process starts with the importer through his/her appointed Clearing and Forwarding Agent (CFA).

The facility is applied to all imports with exception to importation of fuel (white products), goods imported through Post Parcel and courier services, Temporary Imported goods, Goods cleared under Provision declarations and Transit declarations
The facility enables the importer to know the amount of duties and taxes to be paid in a particular transaction prior to arrival of goods.

Verification of Goods
The imported goods are subjected to selectivity which determines whether the goods are directly released (GREEN), undergo documentary check /scanned (YELLOW) or physically verified (RED). The determination of the selectivity is done by the system through the use of risk management whereby the parameters including origin of the goods, importer, Agent and type of goods. Goods are examined and released from Port, border station or Airport.


How long does this process take before getting my goods?

Note: The P-PADs for PADs registered without complete set of final documents should be processed and issued 24 hours after receipt of the same, i.e if the final documents are received after two weeks, the process starts that day.