Before goods can be exported or imported internationally, they must go through a customs clearance procedure. Once cleared, and the payment of duties confirmed, the shipment can be processed. A customs broker can make this process simple.

The customs clearance process has a few steps:

Verifying paperwork

A customs officer will check what fees may apply and that taxed and duties have been paid

Customs will ask for outstanding dues, if there are any, to be paid. The two possible options are DDP (Delivery Duty Paid) and DDU (Delivery Duty Unpaid). Brokerage, storage charges, late payment fees, and other possible fees can make this process expensive

Once the process is complete, shipments are released and shipped to their destination

A customs broker can help get your shipments through this process, avoiding unnecessary delays by ensuring that you are in compliance with regulations. A good customs broker will also ensure that you have your paperwork in order.