Customs Brokers handle, on behalf of their customers (exporters, importers, wholesalers, manufacturers, etc.) or employer, clearance formalities for goods coming into or leaving the country. Customes Brokers are responsible for, among other things, obtaining and preparing clearance documents, for paying any duties and taxes required on goods, and for sending the necessary documents related to the import or export of certain goods to the relevant government agencies. They inform their employer of the restrictions related to the import or export of certain goods, as well as the tariffs and insurance cost in order to avoid any potential litigation with regards to the handling of customs formalities.
- Purchase and sell cargo space on behalf of individuals, companies, and governments
- Prepare documents and other forms on behalf of clients in accordance with all applicable regulations, laws and formalities, including those relating to customs
- Sign documents on behalf of clients, using powers of attorney
- Arrange for payment of import duties, goods storage and transportation fees, and transit bonds for dutiable goods
- Notify clients of customs and tariffs rate of different goods, when necessary
- Inform clients of restrictions on imports and exports, customs tariffs, letters of credit, insurance, and all other requirements
- Represent, if need, clients before administrative tribunals or during negociations with other government representatives.