New Importer Information from Beja Customs Brokers
Are you a new importer or thinking about becoming an importer? Beja Customs Brokers can assist you through the entire import process. With our services, we can help you or your company avoid potential costly mistakes many new importers face.
Import Duty Calculations based on product descriptions and country of origin.
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Advise on the correct markings requirements for the products as well as their packaging.
Proper documentation needed as well as the correct details that need to be included on them.
Suggest US ports of arrival based on where the items need to be received
Advise on any additional shipment information that will be needed to ensure a timely clearance process, which will help reduce the landed cost of your imports.
With our Customs Clearance services along with our optional Shipping Service, Beja can handle your import needs from an overseas factory to its final destination anywhere in the United States.
What is the purpose of a customs broker?
Customs brokers are private individuals, partnerships, associations or corporations licensed, regulated and empowered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assist importers in meeting Federal requirements governing imports.
What is the difference between a customs broker and a freight forwarder?
Many freight forwarders can be customs brokers as well (or have access to brokerage services), but not every customs broker is a freight forwarder. Customs brokers focus on the import side of an export transaction.
Should I use a customs broker?
There is no legal requirement for you to hire a Customs Broker to clear your goods. However, many importers opt to do so for convenience. Customs Brokers are licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct CBP business on behalf of importers.
How does customs clearance work?
Customs clearance work involves preparation and submission of documentation required to facilitate imports into the country, representing the client during customs examination, assessment, payment of duty and arranging the delivery of cargo from the port, after customs clearance.
What documents do I need for customs clearance?
Documents required for import customs clearance:
- Customs Power of Attorney
- Commercial Invoice and packing list
- Bill of Lading / Airway bill
- Technical write up, literature, etc. for specific goods if any
- Other government agency documents if required