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

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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.


Disclaimer: Please note that all information provided in this post is for reference purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. It is recommended that you consult with a qualified professional for specific inquiries or concerns. This website is not comprehensive and does not encompass all the necessary aspects of import procedures. 

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