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What is General Order in Shipping (G.O.)

Updated: May 16, 2019

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What is General Order and what can I do to avoid it?

When a cargo or container goes unclaimed for a period of time, U.S. Customs issues a General Order on the shipment, which will then the products will be auctioned off to the public. Sometimes the products are destroyed, but it all depends on each shipment’s circumstances. The G.O. Date is the date given by Customs before they put your shipment into General Order. In order to avoid your product being taken into General Order, make sure the Customs Entry is filed and hopefully cleared before the given G.O. Date.

It is sometimes possible to push back the G.O. date if you have difficulties getting the entry cleared. Contact your freight forwarder for instructions on how to extend your G.O. Date.

If you are in need of Customs Brokerage assistance, contact our main company, Elleo Global today!

Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information is intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of a licensed agent!


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