Pre-export screening – Future of border management

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Screening of products is taking a new turn as the border management is encouraging pre-export screening considering the current events to avoid delays in customs and pre-determined measures to check the safety of the goods.

As we know, the concluding step in the export procedure after classification and license required for compliance is screening. It is traditional practice to screen international cargo upon arrival at the airport.

Until recent times, it has been common practice for customs authorities to screen international cargo upon arrival in the country, i.e. At the border as compared to pre-screening prior to its departure from the country of export. Some of the reasons why the transition to pre-export screening is taking place:

1.      Emergence of national security imperatives – new rules around security clearance are encouraging pre-export screening of products and are the primary reason behind the transformational shift to pre-export screening and targeting.

2.      Cross-border trade made easier – Individual economies, companies, and governments are focused on the early adoption of screening goods before the actual goods are transported to the destination country as it eases the cross-border trade. Products do not have to keep piling up and await screening. They can be screened for irregularities and if they meet the criteria, they can exit customs soon after.

In cases of pre-export screening, each member maintains the procedure for the submission of import documentation, and other required information, including manifests so that the processing of goods can be undertaken prior to the arrival of the goods to expedite the release of products upon arrival.

The lodging of documentation takes place in advance electronically for pre-arrival processing of the paperwork. The seamless nature of pre-export screening has made it a popular tool for all economies and companies. This shall soon become the norm of the day. 

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