Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Paper Work

It’s a curious thing, the more you import the more complicated it becomes. Most items arrive, you get a call pay duty and Vat and jobs done. But the last few deliveries have not been so smooth. No big problems just paper work. Like … my tip for the day, “Make sure the paper work attached to the delivery is correct”. In my case the last bunch of stuff was ordered through one supplier, hence one invoice, but due to the size of the items the parts are arriving in separate deliveries. So … you ask. Well the problem, I have learnt, is you need an invoice to match each delivery and match all items within each delivery. Still no big deal, just, like most things it means delays.

So this leads me again to recommending that when ordering a lot of stuff it’s worth, when possible, sticking with a supplier you trust and do a lot of business with. In my case this has proven to be the single best decision I have made. It means that same supplier, liking your business, will accommodate and help when possible. This has meant that I have been able to have single invoices re-invoices in parts to match specific deliveries at short notice. This might seem like a small thing, but in reality it means being able to have imported parts cleared through customs correctly and with as little delay as possible.

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