Customs House Brokers' Association
Founded in August 1976, the Customs House Brokers' Association is an organisation whose objectives are to represent Customs House Brokers and support their interest in relation with the public or Government Bodies.
What is a Customs Broker?
Customs Brokers are defined as “third parties” in the meaning of any person who deals directly with the Customs, for and on behalf of another person, relating to the importation, exportation, movement or storage of goods.
While performing several activities on behalf of traders, licensed Customs brokers have to meet several obligations and liabilities depending on national legislation and regulations.
Licensed Customs brokers may act only under the proper authorisation or agreement from/with the trader.More about
If you are involved in international trade, you benefit from using the service of a Customs House Broker.
Most international traders rely on the services of a customs broker to get their shipments clear at the border.
Customs brokers bring together critical business information that allows importers to clear their goods safely, securely, and quickly through Customs. They manage your business data to ensure your goods meet Customs’ requirements.More about
We adhere to new international norm as regards to anti-trust policy and also to comply with competition laws as follows:
“Customs House Brokers Association’s policy strictly prohibits any discussion or other communication the purpose or effect of which is to set prices, allocate markets or customers, engage in trying arrangements or refrain from purchasing any goods or services from any particular supplier or vendor”.
Don’t be penny wise & pound foolish.
Use of the services of a specialized agent or customs broker for the sometime complex clearance formalities is a fully legitimate and useful business decision.
Customs administration explains this regulation by the need to improve compliance. However, this may increase the cost of trading slightly. But you are safe with a competitive edge.
While performing several activities on behalf of traders, licensed Customs brokers have to meet several obligations and liabilities depending on national legislation and regulations
Licensed Customs brokers may act only under the proper authorisation or agreement from/with the trader.
Licencing/accreditation requirements include sound knowledge of Customs laws and other regulatory requirements; clean track records in terms of security and other compliance matters; financial solvency – surety bond, security deposit; minimum educational qualification; specified working experience; in some cases a written and/or oral examination and even minimum hours of training. Some administrations also prescribe certain licensing obligations for brokers in respect of business ethics and professional conduct; due diligence on clients; and /or correctness of information provide.
Customs brokers generally act as an intermediary between traders and Customs in Customs Clearance processes. Broker’s knowledge of Customs laws and processes in addition and Customs. While Brokers support traders by providing all necessary documentation and undertaking formalities related to cargo clearance, Customs brokers are also expected to maintain government interests by ensuring compliance with Customs and other regulatory requirements and the collection of appropriate duties and taxes.
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