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When to Screen? Early and Often!

June 6, 2022 Author: The Global Wizard Team

When, in the lifecycle of an export, does restricted parties screening occur?

Before or after the sale?

Before or after a good is produced and shipped to its next lifecycle stage?

We recommend screenings early and often because the denied person databases change daily. Often, our customers screen shipments at various points in the transaction.

Transaction Stages to Consider for Screening for Denied Parties.

  1. Lead stage
  2. Qualifying
  3. Sales Agreement
  4. Order/Product mfg/generation
  5. Delivery

Screening, “as the shipment is going out the door”, is not the time to realize an entity might cause an export compliance violation. At that point, the sales team has signed contracts and is invested in the completion of the transaction as is the customer.

Do you screen the customer company or the actual person receiving the shipment? The answer is both.

Does your freight forwarder, if you use one, also screen? If so, that is helpful but it doesn’t remove the responsibility from the exporter for complying.! If a freight forwarder’s screening software or system fails to alert an exporter of a potential violation, the exporter is still liable. So don’t rely exclusively on a 3rd party to screen for you.

What about the advantages of continuous screening? Check out our blog that explains how continuous screening will save you time when screening entities. It’s a lifesaver!