Most of the paperwork of your international shipping will be handled by us, your freight forwarder and with over 25 years of experience, ShiptoGo USA is prepared to handle your customs along with any problems that may arise; but, accuracy on your part will help us keep your international shipping smooth from beginning to end. Always, we'll be here to walk you through any questions you have when it comes to international shipping, paperwork, and customs clearance. This information affects the duties and custom fees at the ports, helps assess the risk of your cargo shipment, and more. The last thing you want is for customs to find your shipping manifest is inacurate and think you're trying to sneak something past them.
Links to the all major airports, ports and terminals and using the latest technology for electronic transmission direct to Customs, enables we to provide fast Customs Clearance of shipments arriving at all Ports and Airports nationwide.
What’s more, the rules, regulations, and laws are a bit different from country to country, sometimes from port to port within a country, making someone who specializes in customs clearance very important to a shipper exporting and importing goods.
Having the wrong person handle your customs brokerage can be very problematic. Shipping containers are warehoused as they go through customs clearance. Warehousing and storage fees can add up quickly. If there is a problem with your customs brokerage and your customs clearance does not happen smoothly, your shipping costs could go up by hundreds to thousands of dollars.
On top of these costs, the delay in getting your shipping containers released to you because of customs clearance problems could cost your business more money because the arrival of your shipment is delayed.
Customs Departments are the government designated authority to implement the policies related to import and export, collect customs duties and facilitate movement of people, goods, and cargo into and out of the country.
Customs departments have offices at all seaports, airports and border gateways that are essentially the exit and entry points for people and cargo movements into and out of the country.
Customs agencies are empowered to make arrests, confiscate goods and enjoy powers similar to that of police departments.
Every country annually publishes its policy for Foreign Trade, which stipulates the conditions under which goods and services are eligible to be exported or imported. Customs departments implement the provisions of the policy under customs rules, regulations and tariffs.
Imports in many countries may be allowed freely, or some categories may be permitted with due licenses. Many items are also published as banned for import and not allowed entry into the country.
All of the items imported into the country have to be custom cleared. This applies to the items brought in as personal effects and also imported by trade and business establishments including governmental and defense agencies. Necessary stipulated duties would have to be paid before the goods are released by Customs.
Cargo imported into the country from any point of entry is warehoused at Customs bonded area under customs jurisdiction until it is released after clearance.
Freight Forwarders who coordinate the international transportation also provide customs clearance services to the clients. The activity is called customs brokerage.
Customs clearance work involves preparation and submission of documentations required to facilitate export or imports into the country, representing client during customs examination, assessment, payment of duty and co taking delivery of cargo from customs after clearance along with documents.
Some of the documents involved in customs clearance are :
Customs Agents prepare the document of Shipping Bills in the house for submission while rests of the documents are obtained from the client. Preparing shipping bill involves Classification of cargo under specific classification that is a critical activity in the entire process.
Customs clearance agents are also called Carrying and Forwarding agents. They are registered and licensed by Customs to operate. Their role is limited to acting on behalf of and representing clients as third party agencies engaged in customs clearance.
Customs Agents are linked through EDI with customs in most of the countries and use documentation software to facilitate entire process.