RORO Clearing Logistics 2
RORO Vessel Unloading


This subject, RORO clearing logistics 2 is the continuation from my previous post on legal procedures deployed in order to customs clear roll-on-roll-out (RORO) shipments shipped as full container load (FCL) and less than container load (LCL). Moving from there, our clearing analysis in this post will be detailed on the measures deployed when roll-on-roll-out shipments are shipped through a RORO Vessel or as General Cargo.


The measures taken to customs clear RORO shipment when it is shipped as General Cargo is the same as when vehicles are shipped or imported through a shipping line’s RORO Vessel. Based on this we will move quickly to the measures deployable to customs clear vehicles when it is shipped directly through a liner’s RORO Vessel.

RORO Vessel


As soon as the shipment documents have been submitted or sent to the clearing agency, the first thing you have to do as a clearing agent is to confirm the shipping line or the liner’s agent at the port of unloading coupled with the port or terminal the vehicle will be unloaded and stored. The clearing agent should also bear in mind, the customs command for that unit (terminal or port).

Firstly, begin with the shipment tracking process in order to figure out the shipping line, the customs command and the port or terminal where the vehicle(s) will be unloaded and stored. This will help the clearing agent to step down the vehicle(s) if some of the unloaded vehicles from that vessel will be transferred to another terminal, and if for any reason the vehicle(s) is transferred, it will practically incur additional handling charges that will be factored into the storage charges of every single vehicle(s) transferred to another terminal.

Once the clearing agency or agent has figured out the shipping line, port or terminal location, the next step is to figure out the vessel’s Expected Time of Arrival (ETA), either from the shipping line or via the liner’s portal. Once the vessel’s ETA has been figured out, proceed with the customs entry process by submitting the shipment documents to customs before the vessel berth at the port of unloading. And with that done, the clearing agent can capture the job (vehicle(s)) while the clearing agency or its representative awaits the vessel’s arrival.

Once it is confirmed the vessel has berthed and the vehicles are unloaded from the vessel, proceed with the shipping line’s charges and release process. This stage requires an urgent approach in other to avoid excessive storage charges and transfer challenges, except the clearing agency or agent handling such job (RORO clearing logistics 2) has applied for step down. Note that application for step down should be addressed to the shipping line, which is also applicable for Full Container Load shipments.

As soon as the shipping line’s charges have been paid, the clearing agent can then present the following documents while the customs documentation process is still ongoing.

  • Original copy of the shipment bill of lading (Master)
  • Copy of debit note and receipt
  • Shipping line authority letter
  • Indemnity letter

This may also include other shipment and the agency’s documents. Once the clearing agent is through with the shipping line release, the shipment Delivery Order will be issued him or her. Then continue with the customs documentation process, and at this point, focus on customs examination. This is where customs will figure out the state of the vehicle(s) if it’s new, used or damaged. Also at this point is where the vehicle description as stated on the shipment bill of lading is confirmed, and if the information on the shipment bill of lading tallied with customs findings, then the value of the vehicle will be issued the clearing agent based on its percent (customs tariff), known as duty charge.

Once the duty payment has been effected by the clearing agent or the consignee, the clearing agent can proceed with the customs release process. At this point, copy of the customs duty payment slip, customs assessment, inspect act, print out, and Exit Note will be issued the clearing agent, the later (Exit Note) meant he or she is done with customs process. 

Lastly on ‘RORO clearing logistics 2’ is the last stage, at this stage, the clearing agent should focus on the port or terminal release requirements. However, he or she will be required to effect the terminal charges (handling and storage charges) based on the date it’s been billed. Once the terminal charges have been paid, it is expected of the clearing agent to follow up with the terminal release requirements, and this include;

  • Original copy of Delivery Order
  • Copy of the bill of lading (master)
  • Copy of Customs Exit Note
  • Copy of terminal payment (debit note and receipt)
  • Agency authority letter
  • Indemnity letter

This may also include other documents depending on the terminal mode of operation. Then the clearing agent can proceed with shipment exit process, and this will require the verification of the released documents by the officials of terminal operators and customs in that unit, once the clearing agent is done, the vehicle(s) is set to be delivered to the consignee, Congratulation.

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