Everybody understands countries have been trading goods from the beginning of time. When people consider importing items to their country, their comparing prices. Price comparing between buying the stock locally or from a supplier overseas. What most people don’t consider is the shipping aspect of it. There are lot of grey spots when it comes to shipping. How will you transport goods from one side of the world to the other? Once you figure out what the best mode of transport is for your business, then it comes down to paperwork. Paperwork that Customs checks and ensures that you are declaring everything accurately and on a factual basis. What is customs clearance Customs clearance is the process of clearing your products through Customs. Most countries have some sort of border control in place. When it comes to Australia, Customs is strict. In our experience most, shipping agents find it very hard to comply to Australian Customs requirements in terms of paperwork / permits and licenses. Customs clearance is always needed before you canpick up your goods from the wharf or depo. Wharf / Depo – Customs Held Every wharf and depo in the country must be approved by customs. Container depos usually unpack the containers and start organising cargo from the container. Each cargo would have some sort of a reference like a house bill. Once they organise this, they report the details of the container or cargo to Customs. It’s necessary that all car be notified to customs and not released unless Customs gives them authority. Customs clearance in Melbourne and Sydneyare states in Australia that have the highest number of imports. Their gates are flooded due to them being larger cities and most of the trade is handled around the capital cities. If any cargo is released without consent from customs, fines can be up to $10,000 dollars for the depo. Think again if your considering running a container yard that consolidates freight. Customs clearance Melbourne and Sydney Brokers Every importer must see through a customs clearance procedure. Most people refer to speaking to a Customs broker and this is correct. BUT customs brokers are specifically trained to ensure that documents meet compliance with customs. When it concerns movement of freight, your best option is to either find a savvy customs broker that has experience in freight forwarding or request for an experienced freight broker. Freight brokers generally are co-ordinate and develop best suitable methods of transportation. They are on the front line advising their clients correct paperwork, best mode of transport, rates, insurance etc. Freight brokers are the “go to guy” when you have a question relating to logistics, customs, quarantine, dangerous goods, rates etc. If there is a very technical and specific question such as a query regarding specific interpretation of goods and what a previous customs broker has done. Then ask the freight broker to get their advice on it. Customs brokers don’t make the best shipping agents. Their roles are more technical to service compliance to customs. Conclusion Always remember to have your paperwork in order and speak to your freight agent before you move any sort of goods. The worlds nasty when it comes to people trying to ensure you slip up to make a profit.
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