I’m no agent just an expert in logistics lol.It is absurd.Even simple domestic items have been ridiculous. Ordered a case for my new phone this year. Didn't receive in three weeks. Contact seller, they ship out a replacement to make good. And then both cases show up two days later, on the same day... I threw one back in my mailbox to send it back to them.
It has to do with a lot of things. I need to do some research on this "Quantum Solutions" outfit. Either way I'm waiting a couple months before ordering anything abroad. Let the Holiday shipping chill down. Then see how it goes with ordinary items domestic and overseas. Then go ahead and try for a full package. Luckily I stock up, so I only order every once in a long while.
I happen to work with domestic and intl cargo going on 7 years.
I’ve never seen delays like this in my life.
I’ve even done Kustoms clearance etc and it is beyond crazy.
A lot of shipments are being moved via a commercial carrier, normally a 53’ van.
Guess what, we have so many drivers that quit , and it causes major delays.
For people like myself waiting for over a month, and others- the shipments come in a container.
They strip the container and then place them into bins, your bin may have had a misscan.
I see it daily, what happens is the volume coming in keeps piling up, they work on the current inbound cargo, and yours could be sitting behind 50+ bins, each day the overflow gets worse as yours keeps being pushed back, imagine a warehouse at 2000% capacity and the old shipments keep getting pushed back farther and farther.
With the overload, I doubt they are scanning 25% of the cargo after it heads out of kustoms.
Kustoms is understaffed, they do not have enough capacity to do their job on time.
They do not have the time to look at it even 1% of the cargo for extreme scrutiny. If the declaration or as we call it “waybill , HAWB, AWB” matches up, there should be no reason for examination any further.
Add in the holidays with people taking off (as I am now) and you have yourself a nightmare of misrouted, un scanned and bins that have been cleared but keep getting pushed back due to new shipments every second.
Honestly with the online demand, there can be packs at that hub for 90+ days before updating.
I work with a Ch! terminal , and it is one of the most delayed areas in the country.
The #1 most delayed would be anything coming in from the port sections of [email protected]
Hey @Miket55. I certainly appreciate all this information! But it doesn’t explain why CHI DOES seem to be snagging damn near everything in the IOP department? And sending out LL’s fairly rapidly to boot. They do seem to’ve stepped up their inspection game from some angle. Any idea how or why that is? If it were just delays wouldn’t folks still finally get them, but I haven’t seen that here at all.
Any more insight is greatly appreciated! You’re as close to a customs agent as we’ve ever had here. 👏😃
I would assume
1. There is a lot of paperwork and effort to write up that many LL’s. It has to be filed just like how the PO accepts freight, they are backlogged and sometimes delay confirmation.
2. The current admin is cracking down on anything to treat COVID, so they are checking much more than usual. If you read the funding, they increased it to some of the agencies.
3. There very well is a major delay, things sitting in bins, no scans etc.
If you get a LL it will not be quick, it will take some time due to how delayed things are.
I guarantee whoever is writing the clearance on the packs that are seized did not adjust and update because- you always need a declaration, and if it looks like something that could be a vitamin, food, anything of that nature or even let’s say latex gloves, they’ll flag it and confiscate it.
Yes trucks are very very backed up, but I smell something strange.
I had to clear a pump sent back to the US, the shippers value for the pump was about 20K short of it what the true value is. It was flagged and the shipper had to pay extra duties to allow it to proceed.
If the numbers are off, they’ll see it.
They can’t look at everything, and there may be lost packs as well. I see it all the time