Many businesses in Australia rely on imports from overseas, whether in the form of parts they assemble or as fully finished products they then sell on their shelves. These imports are worth billions to the Australian economy every year, and those that have a piece of the pie know how to make sure it is as valuable as possible. They do this with specialised services that provide expert knowledge when it comes to imports and how to get them through customs as cheaply and accurately as possible. These services, which can also help you, are known as customs brokerage services.
What Are Customs Brokerage Services?
'Customs brokerage services' is an umbrella term that refers to a wide variety of tasks that a customs broker can do for you. Basically, whenever commercial products are shipped to Australia, they have to go through quite a rigorous process of paperwork about the tax duty, customs and trade regulations. This all has to be done before the products will be released to you, and different types of commercial imports will require specialty forms and knowledge related to the relevant industry's regulations. This makes importing a very strenuous job for people not well versed in customs brokerage, which is why a customs broker is a vital aid for those who want to import commercial products to Australia.
Can't I Do This All Myself and Save Money?
You can do all of the services a customs brokerage would provide for you by yourself, but this would require a massive amount of time on your behalf. First, you would need to learn all of the relevant regulations for your imported items, and if they are across a varied range of industries, you would need to learn each individual industry's regulations. Then, you would have to prepare documents for each shipment, clear it with customs and make sure you get all the paperwork right every time, or else you may encounter big fines and your product may be delayed. Customs brokerage services take care of all these complicated and specialised issues and charge reasonable rates.
Finding the Right Customs Broker
Building a business relationship with your customs broker is essential to your career as a successful importer. They need to understand and be passionate about your work and give you all the customer support you need to feel at ease. If they do not give you a lot of attention when you are screening them then they will only get worse after they have your contract. Look for a customs broker that is enthusiastic, has a solid reputation and has enough resources to make sure that you feel personally looked after.