What is the difference between specialist customs clearance and freight forwarding?
Many exporters, particularly newcomers, believe that freight forwarders and customs brokers are interchangeable terms. This is false.
Freight forwarders are supply chain experts who specialize in the logistics and physical transportation of cargo. They communicate with any entity involved in the exporting process that handles or is aware of a shipment traveling by truck, boat, plane, or a combination of these modes of transportation. Freight forwarders are responsible for assembling and completing a wide range of documentation and compliance filings.
A freight forwarder manages the supply chain, it is a third-party entity that arranges a trip and then facilitates the whole journey, including paperwork and documentation, for a fee
Brokers submit required info and payments to governmental bodies on behalf of its customers and claim a fee for the services in entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for imported products.
A customs broker is a term that refers to the person who acts as an intermediary between the importer and the government’s customs department in the country of import.