Please can you give me some advice about exporting (Chinese manufactured new) agricultural machinery to The Gambia; in particular – will the goods have to pass through the UK, or can they be delivered direct from China to the warehouse in Banjul?
In theory you should be able to ship the goods directly from China to the Gambia, and avoid the need to bring the goods to the UK, then re-export them. However this may depend on the specific circumstances of your transaction. Is your client in the Gambia aware that the goods are made in China, not the UK?
One area where there might be a problem is with documentation. I believe that Gambian import regulations require cargo imported into the Gambia to be accompanied by a combined certificate of value & origin (form number 440D). Although I am not familiar with this form, I would imagine that it would require you to declare the actual country of origin of the goods, not the country of the seller.
Also, I believe that Gambian import regulations require goods from some countries to undergo a pre-shipment inspection (ie the goods are inspected by an independent agency before they are shipped). This is not required for shipments originating from the UK, but it may be for shipments from China.
I would recommend that you speak with an experienced freight forwarder, who should be able to guide you regarding regulations, particularly in the Gambia itself.. I would tend to choose one of the larger forwarding groups, who will have their own office or agent in both China and the Gambia.
Jim, we are a Chinese owned freight Forwarder based in Manchester. We have over thirty of our own offices throughout China so we should have one "local" to your shipper. There are rgular seafreight services to Banjul so as long as the procedures between you, your supplier and your consignee are set up right it is possible to send cargo directly from China without the need to come to the UK.
We are a freight forwardiner based in Essex and agree with comments above it would be better
to ship gods directly from China to The Gambia no need to bring into the UK.
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