Many of you must have come across this phrase quite a lot of times. But most of you may not know what it exactly means. If you are too dubious about this phrase, this article is for you.
Difference Between Inbound and Outbound
The term inbound suggests that the expected package has traveled abroad to reach your country’s customs and will be delivered soon. Outbound is the opposite where the package you have sent has cleared through the customs and will start its voyage overseas soon.
Procedures of Custom:
If you don’t know how customs work and the exact procedures for packages and mails passing through them, we will explain it in simple words.
As per statistics, around 650 million emails are received by the USA’s foreign countries’ customs every year. Yes, it’s a huge number. You need to know how exactly the process works and ensure that the right mail or package reaches you safely.
The first and foremost step is sending the mails and packages to other countries via airlines. The whole process of sending is performed very carefully to ensure that the parcels reach their destination safely. For this, accurate reports are made about the airlines taking the packages, dispatch time, etc. Thus, even if there are any mail delivery issues, one can take immediate measures, and smooth running can be assured.
When the packages from any foreign country arrive at the airport, the ground handlers handle them. Ground handlers are people who work as ground staff at the airport. They can either be a worker of the airport or outside contractors hired by the airlines. They unload the mails and packages with utmost care. In some cases, special handling instructions would be given. But generally, the unpacking is handled by the ground handlers who are verified people who ensure confidentiality and keep the packages in its original condition.
After unloading the airplanes’ packages and mails, they are taken to outlets known as International Service Centers or ISC. There are a total of five outlets in the US to accept all the incoming mails and packages. These centers are located in the major cities, and all the steps are performed under high security by either the ground handlers or by the employees. The transferring process should be done carefully, considering the confidentiality of the information. The postal operators of the specific region make contracts with the airlines and ground handlers to get information about the arrival and other details to collect the packages easily. The responsibility of the postal officers also includes looking into the legality and rightness of the receptacles.
This is a crucial step in custom. After being processed by the customs officials, all the received mails and packages will be verified by USPS employees and added to the report. These ramp reports contain complete information about the packages or mails including which mail came from where, when it was sent, scanned, and assigned to a particular airline, and the sender’s and receiver’s address.
This is the final part, which is about the security aspects of the mail. In this stage, mails are sent to the security department, where they perform an X-ray to check the packages’ content to ensure that they are not risky for the employees who handle them. The mails are not opened to maintain confidentiality. After the final verification, mails and packages are ready to reach their expected recipients.