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.