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Customs Clearance Issues Related to the Import of Goods for Public Health Programs

MAY 2009 This publication was produced for review by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It was prepared by the USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1.

Customs Clearance Issues Related to the Import of Goods for Public Health Programs

The author’s views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development or the United States Government.

USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1

The USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1, is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development under contract no. GPO-I-01-06-00007-00, beginning September 29, 2006. Task Order 1 is implemented by John Snow, Inc., in collaboration with PATH; Crown Agents Consultancy, Inc.; Abt Associates; Fuel Logistics Group (Pty) Ltd.; UPS Supply Chain Solutions; The Manoff Group; and 3i Infotech. The project improves essential health commodity supply chains by strengthening logistics management information systems, streamlining distribution systems, identifying financial resources for procurement and supply chain operation, and enhancing forecasting and procurement planning. The project also encourages policymakers and donors to support logistics as a critical factor in the overall success of their health care mandates. Recommended Citation

Durgavich, John. 2009. Customs Clearance Issues Related to the Import of Goods for Public Health Programs. Arlington, Va.: USAID | DELIVER PROJECT, Task Order 1. Abstract

Planning for effective drug supply depends on a thorough understanding of the operative supply policies and practices, from acquisition through delivery to distribution centers, intermediate warehouses, and service delivery points. Customs clearance procedures, regulated by recipient country governments, may change over time and can be quite complex. Failure by importers to master local customs clearance procedures, or customs procedures that are themselves prone to breakdowns, may cause long delivery delays, stock shortages, and even stockouts.

Cover photo: Cargo ship at a port.

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Acronyms............................................................................................................................................................................. v Acknowledgments ........................................................................................................................................................... vii Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................ 1 Background.......................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Purpose ................................................................................................................................................................................ 5 Methodology ....................................................................................................................................................................... 7 Rapid Survey Results.......................................................................................................................................................13 Issues and Recommendations .......................................................................................................................................15 Conclusion.........................................................................................................................................................................21...
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