If you’ve been researching your business options for importing by Air to the India from China or from anywhere in the world, you’ve probably come across customs brokers offering to help make Customs Clearance hassle-free offering Door to Door delivery. Reducing the stress of importing is certainly tempting – but is it really necessary to use a customs broker, or can you deal with the authorities yourself? This handy guide can help you decide whether using a customs broker is the best choice for your business. Read on to learn more about what a customs broker can do for you, what they’ll charge, and the pros and cons of using one for your shipment.
What is a Custom Broker?
✔ A customs broker – sometimes referred to as an import broker – works to make the import and export of goods run smoothly, by facilitating the clearance of goods through customs processes.
✔ Customs brokers are experts in international trade – it’s their job to keep abreast of the changing rules and regulations, and make sure that their clients have all the paperwork and licenses they need to import goods to the India or Export from India.
✔ Customs brokers typically deal with the import/export procedures to release goods from custom after paying all the Duty & IGST, while Freight Forwarders are experts in logistics including pickup from supplier warehouse up to delivery to your warehouse. However, many freight forwarding agents can also act as customs brokers, dealing with both logistics and customs requirements like Us, we 'Swarex Shipping & Aviation Pvt ltd' having own Custom Clearance licence. If you’re thinking of using a freight forwarder to support the haulage and transport of your goods, it’s worth understanding if they offer import brokerage too.