United States federal trade regulations are constantly evolving, creating the need for a customs broker for most shipments. Shippers must comply with various government agencies such as: U.S. Customs Border and Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, U.S. Federal and Drug Administration, as well as other government agencies. These government entities have their own procedures and rulings, creating a complex environment for importers to clear their own customs entries. Importers can self clear goods valued under $2,500 if they are in the port of clearance or have an authorized agent to act on their behalf. However, many shippers elect the assistance of a customs broker, regardless of the value, due to the complexities of various government regulations.
Licensed Customs Brokers (LCB) assist businesses with shipments at ports of entry across the United States. Just a few of the advantages to using an LCB include: compliance, speed to market, convenience and economical benefits.
LCBs ensure compliance through continuous training of trade regulations and laws.
LCBs also aide shippers with the classification of goods. The Harmonized Tariff Schedule, which is used to classify goods, is very complex and can be overwhelming for new shippers.
LCBs can also expedite the clearance and distribution process through electronic submission of customs entries.
Additionally, LCBs make importing more convenient by handling door to door service for importers. This includes securing transportation space, gathering necessary paperwork, clearing the goods and arranging the final delivery.
Furthermore, Licensed Customs Brokers advise shippers in regards to cargo routing and modes of transportation to produce economical solutions.
LCBs also advise and help shippers with:
- Transportation Bookings
- Importer Security Filings
- Commercial Documents
- NAFTA Certificate of Origin
- Preparation and Clearance of Customs Entries
- Calculation of Duties, Taxes and Fees
- Dispatch Deliveries
- Coordination of Customs Exams
- Cargo Insurance
- Customs Bonds
- Duty Drawback
In order to become a Licensed Customs Broker, one must go through an extensive examination and application process. The lengthy education process enables LCBs to handle customs entries with confidence and efficiency. When searching for a customs broker, it is important to choose a company that empowers employees to become Licensed Customs Brokers.
Forty-one percent of Marisol International account managers are LCBs, exceeding the industry average. Marisol supports and encourages all employees to become Licensed Customs Brokers to provide clients with customs expertise and superior customer service. Contact us today for more information on our customs brokerage services.