Freight forwarder and customs broker
As you progress in the binoculars and telescopes import
business with us, many factors become obvious and easy
to handle. For example, you'll need to find a person
to handle shipments, called a freight forwarder or customs
6.1 What does a freight forwarder do?
6.2 What does a customs broker do?
What does a freight forwarder do?
A freight forwarder is a person who takes care of the
important steps of shipping the merchandise. This person
quotes shipping rates, provides routing information,
and books cargo space. Freight forwarders prepare documentation,
contract shipping insurance, route cargo with the lowest
customs charges, and arrange storage. They are valuable
to you as an import/export agent, and they are important
in handling the steps from factory to final destination.
They can be found by looking in the yellow pages or
by personal referrals. Find someone who can do a good
job for you.
What does a customs broker do?
Customs brokers provide professional assistance and
advice on customs, quarantine and import matters.
Customs brokers may perform the following tasks:
， provide information to importers on customs tariffs
including rates of duty and the methods of goods clearance
， receive, prepare and process import documents
， liaise with the local Customs Service and other government
authorities in the correct clearance of goods through
， advise on tariff classifications, tariff concessions,
appraisals and overseas trade inquiries
Customs brokers may specialize as freight forwarders.
In our case, mostly, we'll quote you CIF or C&F
prices, which means that our freight forwarder will
make reservations with shipping or airline companies
for freight to be exported from our factory to your
destination air/sea ports, and our state-owned export
agent arranges for the clearance of cargo. On your part,
the jobs to do is to clear the import customs, pick
up, and deliver the shipment to your door. You can do
it by yourself, or you can have a customs broker do
it for you, especially if your business is not located
in a city that has international air/sea ports- a customs
broker will save your time and money. Please note that
a customs broker usually should be licensed by the local
And, in case you decide to make all the shipping arrangements
by yourself, we'll quote a FOB price. You need to find
either a freight forwarder or customs broker to transport
your shipments from our factory to your destination
air/sea ports. We don't recommend you to do this-you
or your freight forwarder may not know shipping ins
and outs here in Kunming-unless you've a capable freight
forwarder or customs broker who has the experience in
working with Chinese suppliers.