Monday, November 3, 2014

Travel took 38 days, 62% of the rooted plants will restart.

21 rooted plants were sent to Italy on 25 september, they were back in Thailand on 3 November; after 38 days of travel only 8 plants are dry;  13 can restart, that is 62%.

 38 days is a very long travel but the stems were thick and the temperature was low most of the time.

It was an EMS parcel; the Italian officer at the Ordinary service of the postal Customs reportedly said that the Phytosanitary certificate was missing. Although we emailed a scan of a paper copy and asked if we could send by envelope a second original ( this is the rule ) we were not answered. I don't think that the phytosanitary certificate was involuntarily lost.

Documents could be lost between offices but there may be a trick : if some documents are missing the importer is no more required to declare the goods at a remote customs center and the Postal officers spare the work of sending the parcel to the Phytosanitary for inspection. So the importer has the opportunity to avoid tax payment while on the postal agent's side less work is necessary. High value goods imported by EMS, or goods often imported to the same address may require customs clearance through ordinary procedure whereby the importer has to go to a Customs center and take the papers ( invoice and certificate ) from the parcel to make the declaration; or they can be represented by an agent who will declare in their name. The customs centers can be far from home.

With the more common pocedure named " simplified procedure " taxes can be paid instead to the postman on delivery. Most parcels with a value under 150 eur  and not often sent to the same address go through the simplified procedure. When importing plants, to some countries small parcels air with a value under 150 euro are safer regarding the possibility of " loss " of documents.

Importers who import plants often to the same address or high value / big parcels should not take the risk of not claiming the parcels at a customs center. Or an arrangement should be made with the exporter before departure so for instance unclaimed plants at customs would be resent.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Why sometimes Phytosanitary documents are so prone to disappearance ?

The Phytosanitary documents are reported missing by the importer. Did they really disappear ?

The staff at the Customs service of the Post may indeed leave them unintentionally  ( or intentionally to alleviate work ? ) somewhere between customs and postal agent offices. But there is an other hypothesis :  the importer was told to come at a customs center to take themselves the documents from the box. This is because the usual simplified procedure ( taxes are paid at the door ) was not admitted by the customs and the Postal staff is not entitled to take the documents themselves. Hence instead of paying taxes ( an agent could do it for the importer far from the customs center but the cost would not make sense for small postal parcels ) the importer will report that the post said that the documents are missing. They were missing only in the sense that they were not taken from the parcel and presented by the importer.
Normally the non simplified procedure happens for EMS parcels with unusually high values or frequent imports of plants to the same address.

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