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Customs brokers have to be licensed by the Customs and Border Patrol. A company has to have at least one individual specifically licensed in order to operate as a broker. Freight forwarders are often subject to the same requirement. Individuals must take a four hour examination to be licensed.

Most brokers specialize. Workers need to know the import and export regulations and restrictions on all goods being transported. They also need to know requirements for other countries. Some brokers warehouse and distribute the physical goods themselves, thus requiring truck drivers. Physical shipping, however, is commonly handled on a contract basis. International freight is moved by both sea and air. A small broker may also handle cargo in and out of a single point of entry, for example, simply having an agent at an airport. Larger ones may operate worldwide.

The customs broker becomes responsible for ensuring both import and export clearance on the merchandise. A clear knowledge of the regulations is important in order to avoid seizure. The quote given must cover their services and any duty, tariff or tax paid. In addition, as larger brokers operate as forwarders, a knowledge of logistics is required. Physical transport is often negotiated with contractors, but the overall logistics are the responsibility of the broker or of their client. Brokers generally work with companies that do relatively little international trade and thus lack the in-house resources. In many cases, they may have to offer help and advice to a business that is handling international cargo for the first time.

In an increasingly global world, the role of the customs broker is likely, if anything, to become more important.

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STANDARD LISTINGS:   CUSTOMS-BROKERS IN/NEAR MALONE
Custom Frame & Chassis Write review for this local business
1434 Balboa Ave, Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 913-9010  
Page & Jones Write review for this local business
5323 W Highway 98 Ste 115, Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 785-3076  
Customs brokers can coordinate warehousing, hauling, scheduling of fleets, express services, freight of all kinds, rail lines, cartage, terminals, trailers, interstate hauling, bulk cargo, refrigerated cars, containers, couriers, dispatch, delivery, and distribution through customs. Whether you need to coordinate shipments nationally or internationally, customs brokers can help with knowledge of current brokerage laws, and federal and state government compliance laws, acting as clearance agents for customs. Customs brokers attend to the personalized needs of each company they are transacting with, whether federal or state government agencies or private corporations. Keep in mind that a customs broker may also be licensed as an attorney. If your business needs help with shipping a number of cargo products through customs, with proper tax records and documents, licensing, clearance agents, government compliance laws, freight insurance, importer and exporter services, contact a few different shipper and customs brokers or brokerage firms. Get contact information, location, services, rates, fees, discounts, rebates, products, details, licensing, and company history. Before transacting with a customs broker business, make sure any company you choose has a quality reputation in the brokerage business. Inquire whether the company is part of a local, national or international entity. Brokers should address your personalized needs, offering the latest in government clearance and compliance laws, acting as shipper and customs agents for cargo. Get recommendations from others in the business as to which brokerage firms and customs brokers they use and trust before choosing a company. When choosing the best trucking transportation broker, research the company's background carefully, noting how long the company has been in business, affiliations, and contact information. Visit with a few companies to see which one can meet your needs.



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