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There are countless documents that must be prepared and cleared by customs officials before your cargo is released. This includes the purchase order from the buyer, sales invoice of the supplier, packing list, Bill of Lading or air waybill and Certificate of Origin.
These forms must then be submitted to the relevant agencies in the exporting/importing country before the shipment can proceed.
It would undoubtedly save you much time and trouble by engaging an experienced party who is familiar with international shipping procedures and the different custom regulations in each country to handle these processes for you.
Choosing a cheaper freight forwarder or preparing custom documents by yourself may help you save in the short run. However, in the long run, things may not play out as well.
As shipping containers are being warehoused during the customs clearance process, any delays or inefficient planning prior to the shipment may cause warehousing and storage fees to accumulate over time. This can lead to additional costs ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars, depending on the fees charged at the port.
As such, opting for a trusted and experienced freight forwarder with custom clearance services may be the more economical choice after all.
Apart from the additional costs incurred as mentioned above, there may also be hidden opportunity costs attributed to delayed shipments. This can be a result of using an inefficient shipment route or situations whereby the details on the documentation do not tally with the cargo, resulting in delayed releases by customs officials.
Hence, it is often a wiser decision to have an experienced customs clearance broker on your side to prevent these incidents from happening.
Our team has years of experience providing custom clearance services and we are confident that we can get the job done for you. Contact us today!