What is a Customs Broker?
A Customs Broker is a highly trained import professional licensed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to conduct business on behalf of importers. Given apower of attorney, Customs Brokers act as an agent for business, which import products into the United Sates. This includes government agencies such as FDA, Agriculture, and Fish & Wildlife. A Customs Broker must have thorough knowledge of tariff schedules and Customs regulations and must be well informed of any amendments made through constant changes in the law and administrative regulations.
What are the advantages of using a Customs Broker?
The main task of your Customs Broker is to take care of all the details that facilitate the entry of your shipment into the United States. This involves regular contact with U.S. Customs and the Carriers. Business relationships with U.S. Customs officers and Carriers’ employees create a familiarity with shipment processes, which in turn helps in identifying potential issues that may cause a delay in clearance for your shipment.
Do we have to use a Customs Broker?
Merchandise up to $2,000.00 can be imported without the assistance of a Customs Broker. However, it is ultimately up to the discretion of a US Customs officer to accept or deny your declaration.
What paperwork do I need to provide?
The paperwork necessary to clear your shipment include the following:
- Bill of Lading
- Commercial Invoice
- Packing List
The invoice must be completed properly showing the:
- Country of origin
- Detailed description of the goods
- Total amount of the goods
- Currency used
- Certain goods will require additional documentation, please contact us for more information