What is a Customs Broker?
Now before you go and search online Customs Broker Australia or Customs Clearance Broker Services, know what a customs broker is and what they can do for you.
A Customs Broker is an individual or entity, who holds a customs broker’s licence granted in accordance with Part XI of the Customs Act 1901 (the Act). You can appoint a customs broker to act on behalf of yourself as a importer / owner of the goods, importing into Australia. The customs broker will then can prepare, check and lodge all paperwork necessary to customs, ensuring that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. They classify and determine duties and taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client to customs.
The right one?
Now, I’m not saying that all customs brokers are great. Sure, some with many years of experience can and will comply with all customs regulations. Do the right checks of your documentations, ensuring you have the write paperwork for your imported goods. They will go ahead and ensure that your goods also meet all quarantine requirements. When classifying goods they can save you duty or ensure you pay the correct amount of duty where required. Remember, Customs Broker Australia and Abroad, there’s a big difference.
There are also some new broker’s who may not have a very wide understanding on how to go about certain matters. Such as the correct duty applicable or if its duty free, are any tariff concessions applicable or if any free trade certificates apply. This is very important to avoid any further fines / infringement notices from customs.
We have come across situations where people call us up for new tips and advice in importing their goods again. They advise us of what their previous broker had the goods classified under and that tariff concession was used to make it duty free. Of course most cases most broker’s try to keep their client’s happy by saving them as much money as possible. But in doing that you have to ensure everything meets and complies with the customs ACT (1901). Upon looking further into this before any advice was responded to the client we disagreed with his TCO. It would of let him in hot trouble in terms of using that TCO.
Remember, when they take the time to know you it means their behind you all the way in ensuring that your compliance is above standard. The last thing you want while running your business is getting a knock from Customs on a random audit. If any doubt about what your brokers done, give us a ring or voluntary pay the duty then look into your shipments with the right guys.