“A customs broker is defined as a private individual, partnership, association or corporation licensed, regulated and empowered by U.S. Customs and Broker Protection (CBP) to assist importers and exporters in meeting U.S. Government requirements governing imports and exports.” [Department of Homeland Security]
U.S. Customs is one of many governing bodies necessary for regulation of imported goods into the country. Other agencies that should be considered are as follows:
Assuring your business partners with the right full-service Customs Broker could mean the difference between an on-time delivery and one stuck at the border, collecting additional fees with no imminent ETA.
Customs brokers have the ability to assist imports with both digital and offline documentation, pertinent tax information, and current duty rates attached to particular commodities. Acquiring an export broker can not only streamline your supply chain by structuring efficiency, but by simultaneously foreseeing any regulatory amendments with exactness.
Predominant concerns and considerations to acknowledge regarding the Customs clearance process include:
Harmonized Tariff Codes
Anti-dumping / Countervailing Duties
Country of Origin Regulations
Free Trade Agreements
Record Keeping Requirements
Prior Notice Requirements
ISF Filing Requirements
Import Permit and Licensing Requirements
A Customs Broker equipped with procedural expertise is imperative to the organization and fluidity of your import business. Just as significant is the brokers awareness of any comprehensive requirements based on admissibility into the country.
The right Customs Broker also means having extensive knowledge and fluency in commodity classification and valuation.
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