4 Qualities of a Reliable Customs Broker

by Samuel C. Customs Advisor

The complexity in trading laws and regulations makes it stringent for companies in import or export enterprise. Trade laws and policies can be differing in any country. It is important to hire a customs brokerage to avoid delay in importing any commodities.

Before shipping of any consignment companies need to clear custom documents and paperwork. If you are US based freight forwarder then you need to fulfill all pre-requisites made mandatory by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These include Customs Bonds (301 customs bond), Continuous Import Bond or Continuous Surety Bond.

Delays in shipment can be harmful for any trader. Customs Brokers are required to avoid shipment latency and to clear your goods from all pertaining ports and officials. CBP Form 301 and Customs Form CF 301 need proper competency and knowledge of filling them.

Customs Brokers Work

A customs brokerage company or customs broker helps shippers in clearance of import/export cargos from customs authorities and prepares all required documents (301 customs bond) including computation and payment of duties, taxes and other charges.

Custom brokers do not only help you in custom affair but also manages conversions with government departments and other concerns. They handles all work related to continuous customs bonds, CBP Form 301 and customs surety bond. Checking competencies of broker is highly required before hiring him. There is a complete procedure of becoming a government authorized customs broker.

These qualities to look before hiring a Customs Brokerage

1 – Customs broker should have license

The broker should be licensed and approved by the government of respective country. The policies, rules and regulations to become a licensed customs broker may be vary in different continents. The US Customs and Border Protection Agency has some strict policies. If you want to make efficient freight forwarding, make sure to connect with right broker.

2 – Training

Before becoming a customs brokerage they need to undergo a training program. It is to possess trade related information and understanding mandatory rules. Some financial documents especially customs form cf 301 need profound knowledge to fill and any error can cost a hefty deficit to importer/exporter. So make sure customs brokers have done proper training.

3 – Updated with latest changes

Changes in freight forwarding or shipping policies or amendments are the real headache of customs brokers. They should have complete track of any change in rules. This is why one should go with an experienced, proven, well-connected custom broker.

 4 – Industry Knowledge

They should have appropriate knowledge of industry which you belongs. An intelligent agent can provide you professional advice about merchandise. They are legal representative of your goods with many responsibilities.

Benefits of Hiring Customs Broker

Opting out an experienced customs broker can reduce much paperwork from your head. They are capable to handle to make importing and exporting very easy for you. They manage coordination between you and jurisdiction over cargo importation. To avoid any hanging on the way, it would be convenient as well as beneficial to hire a customs broker.

A private custom brokerage company can help you in acquiring customs bonds as well. Customs Bonds CA e.g. Single Entry Customs and Continuous Transaction/Continuous Customs Bonds/301 Customs Bond are necessary for all international and domestic shipments. There are many brokers affiliated with freight forwarding companies and many works independently. Make wise research before hiring a qualified customs broker.

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About Samuel C. Advanced   Customs Advisor

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