In this ever-expanding world, it has never been easier for businesses to operate on an international level. If you are, or are thinking about taking your business international, by offering your products or services to everyone in the world, then there are many different things that you need to be aware of, to ensure that the expansion goes smoothly, and is as successful as possible.
If you are going to import or export goods around the world, then you have to be aware of the different custom rules within the different countries, to ensure there are no issues with transportation, and this is where customs brokerage comes into play.
Having a customs broker is a good idea so you don’t have to deal with all the different (and a lot of the time, confusing) regulations of each country, and you can get back to more important tasks for your business. If this is something you are considering, then have a read on below at some of the main benefits of hiring a customs broker:
One wrong misclassification on required paperwork can cost a lot of money in the form of a fine. Some countries around the world are extremely strict on customs forms and one mistake could end up costing you a lot of money. So, this is one of the reasons people prefer to use a customs broker, because it is a lot safer.
Customs brokers know what they are doing and can fill out all the paperwork properly, and in general ensure the process as a whole is done the legal way for each country you operate in. With a customs broker, you are lowering the risk of something going wrong, because they are highly experienced and knowledgeable in this area.
Some businesses choose not to use a customs broker because they think it is another cost the business doesn’t need. But this is simply not the case, and in a lot of situations, a customs broker can actually save you more money than it costs to employ them in the first place.
Firstly, as was touched on in the point above, you are less likely to get fines or penalties due to customs fraud from accidentally incorrectly filling out customs forms. As well as this, a customs broker can work to find the most affordable rates when it comes to the actual shipping of your products.
You really don’t know just how much paperwork that is involved in international shipping of your products. Not only is there a lot of paperwork to fill out, that will take time out of doing other important tasks within your business, but the paperwork is also very important.
This means you really need to take your time filling it out properly. As you already know, one wrong declaration can cost you a lot of money in fines! A customs broker does this day in and day out, so they know how to fill out all the different forms correctly, and fast.
This is probably one of the biggest drawcards of hiring a customs broker. Yes, you can do all the work yourself, but do you really want to spend what limited time you have doing tasks like this, when you know there is someone who can do it properly for you?
They have the expertise to give you much more convenience, as well as peace of mind, knowing that the tasks is done professionally, and you are less likely to face issues down the line. This means that customers can get the product that ordered in a timely manner.