Import & Export
The importing and exporting process can be a maze to those unfamiliar with the documentation, shipping procedures and various roles involved in the movement of goods from one country to another. Even for the seasoned importer/exporter, doing it all alone can be a hassle. That’s why Global Shipping provides consulting services for our clients. Our import/export consultants have worked in every aspect of the business, and not only can we help advise importers and exporters, but we also provide customs brokerage and documentation services. A little advice can go a long way to help you get your international business up and running with fewer bumps in the road.
Roles Involved in
There are several roles involved in the export/import process, and these roles can be filled by multiple agents, or just a few players that can do it all. In addition to the importer and exporter, these roles include shipping agents, freight forwarders, customs brokers, banks, warehousing, government agencies and distribution or delivery services. These are a few of the basic entities involved (besides shipping) and their responsibilities:
- Government:You may have to deal with special government agencies besides customs in order to get the proper permissions and documentation to import or export your particular goods, such as the FDA, Department of Agriculture and others.
- Customs Broker:Deals with government customs services, prepares Accept shipping declaration Collect duties and fees, notice of permission and approval, reserve delivery with warehouse operators.
- Bank:Receives duties and taxes, issues and reviews letters of credit to guarantee payment for the goods shipped.
- Warehousing/Distribution:Once your goods arrive to their country of destination, they must be warehoused and delivered, or immediately loaded for delivery. Global Shipping has decades of experience in logistics, bonded warehousing and delivery of goods overseas.
With our years of experience in the field, we make this process as easy as possible, giving you export and import advice to deal with these entities and get what you need in a timely manner.
Perhaps the most complex and time-consuming part of the import/export process is getting the proper documentation in order to move your goods from point A to point B. Just a few of the documents you might need include an import or export license, letter of credit, insurance certificate, bill of lading, 10+2 filing, packing list, pro forma invoice, EEI or export declaration, and certificate of origin. As mentioned above, several entities are involved in issuing and processing this documentation, and multiple requirements must be met to proceed. Having a consultant to help you complete the documentation process without delays and ensure that everything is done properly means no bureaucracy-induced headaches.