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Important Customs Broker Terms

A customs broker specializes in getting goods through customs during international shipping. A broker will handle often handle important documentation, the payment of taxes, and communicating with government officials. The following are some important customs brokering terms to be aware of.

  • Customs – Customs agencies are government bodies that collect import and export taxes and control the flow of products in and out of a country. Customs agencies will check cargo and seize any illegal goods.
  • Tariff – A tariff is a tax on imports or exports meant to raise government revenues or discourage certain types of trade. For instance, a tariff on the importation of foreign steel would drive up prices for consumers and might encourage them to buy domestic steel instead.
  • Excises – Excise taxes are directed at the production or sale of certain types of goods. Examples of excise taxes are taxes levied on alcohol or tobacco products. Excise taxes are charged for many reasons. However, they are frequently used as an attempt to discourage certain behaviors.
  • Duty – A duty is a tax on imported items. For a duty to be applied, items must be brought into the country through customs. In certain situations, like at an airport or port, goods can be sold duty-free.
  • Freight Forwarding – A freight forwarding company coordinates cargo shipments on behalf of other businesses. They often consolidate cargo to make shipping more affordable and efficient. International freight forwarders are typically experts on the types of documentation needed in the countries they import from and export to.
  • Logistics – Logistics involves managing the transportation of goods from one place to another. A logistics professional might do things like oversee inventory, warehousing, transportation, and shipment tracking. Proper logistics management is imperative for the import and export of necessary goods.
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    C & S Enterprise
    2158 S Otsego Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735
    (989) 448-8820
    Trans American Customhouse Brokers
    2321 Pine Grove Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 987-1343
    Livingston International Inc
    2321 Pine Grove Ave Ste 2118, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 987-7420
    Affiliated Custom Brokers USA Inc
    805 10th Ave Ste C, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 966-9360
    UPS Freight Services Inc
    2321 Pine Grove Ave, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 984-8882
    Yamato Customs Brokers USA Incorporated
    11701 Metro Airport Center Dr, Romulus, MI 48174
    (734) 955-9080
    Farrow Russell A US Inc
    27221 Northline Rd, Taylor, MI 48180
    (734) 955-7799
    Jensen Norman G
    1915 Dove St, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (313) 963-2779
    Russell A Farrow U S Inc
    2321 Pine Grove Ave Ste 2112, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 987-7799
    FedEx Trade Networks
    6730 Middlebelt Rd, Romulus, MI 48174
    (734) 229-4000
    Trans-Overseas Corp
    28000 Goddard Rd, Romulus, MI 48174
    (734) 946-8750
    Sandler Travis Trade
    36555 Corporate Dr Ste 400, Farmington, MI 48331
    (248) 848-1309
    Willson International Inc
    2321 Pine Grove Ave Ste 2118, Port Huron, MI 48060
    (810) 987-6774
    Buckland Global Trade Services
    2810 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48216
    (313) 963-0600
    Affiliated Custom Brokers USA Inc
    2810 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48216
    (313) 964-8015

    Customs brokers assist companies that are sending freight overseas. They assist in the sometimes complicated process of gaining import and export licenses and paying duties and taxes. Brokers may handle all kinds of cargo. They may or may not also act as freight forwarders. In the United States, they have to pass an examination and be licensed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Companies that handle large quantities of international trade are likely to have a department that handles imports and exports. It is for the most part small firms that send relatively small amounts of cargo that use these services. Brokers may, like freight forwarders, also advise on logistics. However, when they act as brokers alone, they do not provide direct assistance. Rather, in these cases, the company handles its own logistics and trusts the broker to deal with clearance. When they also act as forwarders, they may physically distribute and warehouse goods. Some brokers may work on a specific route or border. Others operate worldwide. As freight may be moved by either sea or air, they handle transportation in both those areas. A customs broker is likely to have an agent on the ground at all crossing points, including airports. A duty or tariff is most often charged on goods coming into a country, but export tariffs are sometimes charged. Quotes for customs brokerage generally include their estimation of taxes and tariffs on the merchandise. Brokers are often highly specialized. There are many complicated regulations and the slightest mistake can result in delays or even seizure of cargo. The broker becomes responsible for ensuring the clearance of all goods shipped.
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