What Is A Customs Broker? Why Do I Need A Customs Broker?

When goods and freight need to be shipped across borders, a customs broker is necessary in order to clear goods and freight through all customs barriers. When shipping internationally, it is important to know that not all countries have the same barriers and specifications for importing and exporting goods. A customs broker will specialize in handling paperwork and clearances by country and will facilitate communication between importers, exporters, and the proper governmental authorities.

At ShippingDiscounts.com, we use a customs broker to assist with the paperwork required to ship goods internationally. Customs brokers play a vital role in importing and exporting goods by ensuring that your goods are in compliance with government regulations. Customs brokers have to be familiar with tariff schedules of the individual countries they need to ship to. Tariff schedules are different in every country. A customs broker can facilitate an entry on the importer’s behalf and classify goods according to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is the primary resource for determining tariff classifications for goods being imported into the United States. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule is based on the international Harmonized Commodity Coding and Classification System, which has been established by the World Customs Organization. Virtually all countries base their tariff schedules on the Harmonized System, making it easier to conduct international trade.

Using a customs broker can be advantageous to you or your business. Government regulations change periodically and can be difficult to keep up with. Using a broker can save you time and money. Working with a customs broker can ensure speedy delivery of your goods. At ShippingDiscounts.com, we will use customs brokers to guarantee your goods are processed efficiently and in a cost effective manner. Contact us about your next international shipment.

One Response to “What Is A Customs Broker? Why Do I Need A Customs Broker?”

  1. PhysEcon says:

    Wish I had known about this 3 years ago! While spending a summer overseas I had some of my stuff shipped to me in the UK. I got hit with a huge import tariff (just to ship my own stuff!). Should have used a customs broker. Thanks for the advice!

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