Diplomatic importation

It’s a known fact that there are protocols and policies often put in place as checks over freights entering into a country, and since these sets of rules practically cut across all imported goods, it’s obvious freights classified as Diplomatic Importation isn’t exempted from those rules. However, it will be fair to classify this type of shipment as special freight, owing to the fact that the authorization of freight under this category is exclusively the federal government’s responsibility irrespective of the freight’s nature or volume.

Since this type of freight is quite different and as well, would require a different approach that does not apply to other freights, unlike freights importation that may require the use of license or PUBD rules. This is because bodies responsible for the issuance of licenses coupled with PUBD rules are not eligible for the approval of this category of freight importation.

Meanwhile, this category of freights is predominantly imported by organizations such as embassies, NGO’s and other international bodies rendering services on a global scale which also includes the military.

The approval to import goods on a diplomatic note isn’t given to individuals, rather, high-profile organizations of global importance, such as embassies and those mentioned earlier. Should any the bodies seek such authorization, it is only processed solely by these organizations through the federal government of that country, however, such type of approval only cuts across goods needed or supplied by these organizations, but totally exclude explosives including all categories of munitions.

Furthermore, shipments imported by these organizations wouldn’t incur tariffs. This is because they’re either shipped in as aids or for other purposes that require urgent attention, but when the importation is carried out by embassies it could be on the basis of products or material needed by such entity.

Meanwhile, when goods of this category arrive at the port of destination irrespective of the way it was shipped, it will be declared tariff-free (on the customs platform – zero duty charge), going forward, the subject goods would not be subject to strict customs scrutiny before delivery. And in order to have such shipment delivered, it will only require a letter from the federal authority and the customs controller general’s endorsement coupled with a transshipment document.

Let say one of these organizations shipped in freight in form of consolidated goods, however, taking delivery of the shipment after the customs process would require the use of a transshipment document. Meaning, a transfer process in line with federal approval and not outright delivery to the consignee.

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