Do you ever wonder what “Clearance Delay” mean when you track a package on FedEx website?
People usually ship parcels via FedEx to take advantage of the reliable and fast shipping service. FedEx services are expensive, but it is worth the money. Packages are traceable and insurable. The delivery time frame is awesome. Usually, it takes only a few days, but it is not always the case. Though FedEx offers a great service, the company is not exempt from customs regulations of a country. There are times that delivery is late, and one of the common reasons for it is clearance procedure.
Clearance Delay, or “Package available for clearance” means the package was held for examination and assessment by customs. It is a shipment update that is very common on imports from overseas.
For the sake of those who do not have an idea about customs, it is a government agency that is responsible for examining, and collecting duties and taxes on shipments coming in and out of a country.
Customs assigns inspectors and collectors in ports and courier facilities. Those people are responsible for clearing shipments, and ensuring that taxable goods are taxed.
Clearance Procedure on FedEx vs. Other Courier Companies
The clearance procedure in a FedEx facility is normally quicker than other courier companies. They update the shipment status of a parcel as soon as customs finishes assessing it. See example below.
The tracking history shows the package was shipped on January 29, and it arrived in the destination country at 6:28 a.m., the following day. Customs assessed the package and levied taxes on it. It was released quickly in less than an hour.