The Bahamas Customs has enforced an old regulation (C-44 form) on the new updated system. All businesses will have to fill out and submit a C-44 Form in order for us to clear your shipments through customs. The C-44 form gives the freight forwarder authority to clear your shipments on your behalf.
The C-44 form was a long standing regulation but was not enforced on the new system, until recently. The Bahamas Customs Department advises it is a way to deter unlicensed freight forwarders from using licensed freight forwarders system login. The document shows the exact freight forwarder the importer has given authority to clear the shipment, thus it cannot be submitted on another freight forwarders system login.
This new change has caused some delay in shipping to The Bahamas while freight forwarders request clients to sign document. Our clients can start this process by downloading the below form, filling out and returning to us. If you have any question leave a comment below or send us a message.