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Top Three Benefits Of Hiring A Customs Broker


Connor Davies 2016-09-11

If you have ever had a package held up at customs for longer than a day or two, you will know exactly how frustrating it is. No matter if you are a private citizen or a business owner, you want your packages to get where they are going as quickly and smoothly as possible. The same goes when you have placed an order and are waiting for your package to arrive. This is why you may want to consider hiring a customs broker.

A customs broker is a person or a business with more than one broker who assists clients ing working through the paperwork and formalities of getting shipments through customs. These people are trained especially to deal with any difficulties that arise and acts as a go-between for you to keep things moving smoothly. Customs brokers deal with exporters, importers, governments, and port authorities on a regular basis, so they are the experts you want when you need help. They can deal with warehousing, customs bonds, cargo insurance, and trucking if you need extra help. Overall, the benefits offered by hiring a customs broker are varied.

 

Benefit 1: Enjoy the Convenience

When you have a customs broker manage your imports/exports for you, the time and worry you save will be incredibly convenient. Save your time and energy for other matters and allow your broker to get the job done for you, easier and faster. Your clients will also thank you because their goods will arrive to them sooner.

A customs broker stays on top of international shipping and customs policies and regulations so you don’t have to worry about changes. It’s his or her job to know all about these things, and when you’ve hired one to handle your business, you don’t have to worry about changes to legislation that could affect your shipments. 

 

Benefit 2: Save Time

Having a customs broker deal with getting your goods through customs will save a lot of time, which you can spend on other duties. A trained broker will handle all of the hassles of procedures and paperwork and dealing with customs agents so that you don’t have to. Because customs brokers do this all the time, they know the ins and outs and do everything much more quickly than you would be able to if you had to do it yourself.

 

Benefit 3: Get Advice

You will be able to ask for useful advice when it comes to anything related to customs matters. Customs brokers can offer expert advice on duties, taxes, tariffs, landing costs, and news related to customs so you can change or adjust your shipments as required. You can learn more about duties, taxes, and tariffs with the Canadian Duty Calculator. They can also tell you if your shipments meet necessary rules, and if not, will tell you what changes you need to make in order to comply.

Tips:

  • Don’t just randomly put your finger on a customs broker’s name in the Yellow Pages of your phone book; take the time to make sure you hire a quality customs broker who will work to serve your best interests. Choose one with experience in the type of shipments you plan to make or receive most often, and make sure there are no hidden fees.
  • Ask about certifications and licensing so that you can be assured that the broker is qualified to deal with all of the necessary aspects of customs and to make sure he or she is operating legally. After you’ve done due diligence in hiring a responsible customs broker, you can sit back and let them handle your shipping business.

 

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