What is a Customs Broker

A Licensed U.S, Customs Broker is a highly knowledgeable professional.

Licensed by the U.S. Treasury and regulated by U.S. Customs and Border Security and the Department of Homeland Security, Customs Brokers must possess thorough knowledge of tariff schedules and Customs Regulations and must keep abreast of the amendments made through constant changes in law and administrative regulations..

As such, a good Customs Broker will be able to ask the key questions and guide new as well as experienced importers through the maze of laws and regulations shouldered by the importer. A Customs Broker must be well versed in determining proper classifications and dutiable value and be fully aware of the vast number of commodities subject to quota, quota limits and restraints, as well as other admissibility requirements and documents.

A Licensed Customs Broker. base of knowledge must encompass the requirements of more than 40 government agencies that have a regulatory interest in the product you are importing, such as FDA, USDA, USPHS, F&W CPSI, BATF and many others. It is important to understand that U.S. Customs is the law enforcement agency for all other OGAs (Other Government Agencies).

Once licensed, Parts 111 and 171 App.C of the Customs Regulations (Title 19 USC) prescribe the duties and responsibilities, fiduciary and otherwise, of Brokers and the grounds and procedures for disciplining them, which may include the assessment of monetary penalties as well as revocation or suspension of their licenses for violations of 19 USC 1651(d)(1)(A) through (F).

The statutory authority for the licensing of Customs Brokers by the Secretary of the Treasury is found in section 641, Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1641, as amended). Rules and regulations related to the licensing of Customs Brokers are set forth in Part 111 of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR Part 111). Licenses are issued to persons (i.e., individuals, corporations, partnerships and associations) to conduct "customs business" on behalf of other persons.

At Priority Import Service, you will always have access to and monitoring of you shipments by one of our highly trained and knowledgeable Licensed Customs Brokers.

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