What is a customs representative?
It is a customs agent responsible of representing the importer in front of the customs authorities.
A customs representative is involved right from the early stages of the business transaction, when he is required To classify the goods, determine the import's regularity (meaning to determine which Permits or licenses are Required by the importer in order to import a specific item, what are the customs rates, sales tax, are there any qQuantity limitations, are there other taxes involved, etc).
The customs representative handles the acquirement of the needed permits and licenses on the behalf of the Importer, applies for the Israeli Standards Institute and accompanies the importer, representing him in front of the Customs authorities.
With the arrival of the cargo to the airport and the sender is getting off duty, the customs representative is getting On duty once again, making certain to receive the entire documentation of the import from the sender or the importer, calculating the required taxes in an import bill of entry for customs which he pays on the behalf of the importer and hands over the documents to the customs authorities within 24 hrs.
The customs representative waits for the cargo to be released in customs and takes care of continental transport To the importer's warehouse, after all taxes are paid for and the goods are finally released.
Other issues taken care of by the customs representative: transport to licensing warehouse, releasing from licensing warehouse, transporting examples for to the Israeli Standards Institute, buying AWBs from the international shipper or the shipping company.
The customs representative does not work independently but via his dispatcher, a licensing clerk who enters the Data to the computer and found among the rest at the airport areas for Physical tests, if required, or working Closely with customs appraisers.
If you are a new importer, or you decided to import an unfamiliar item, consult with the customs representative Prior to the signature on the Purchase Agreement with the supplier. Share with the customs representative all the Information you have regarding the manufacture and the product.
Remember that the customs representative is a representative of the law and it is his duty to prevent you from Making taxes violations.
In summary, customs brokerage services include:
- Primary consultation on import classification and legalization.
- Opening import file and handling the release of the goods from customs.
- Representing the importer in front of the logistics factors at the airport, the warehouses and the certified authorities, such as customs and relevant governmental offices.
Remember that the customs representative is the most professional factor in the customs field working at your Disposal. He previously worked as a licensing clerk for many years and went through a long series of tests in Order to achieve his customs representative license.
The customs representative operates by the customs law. Any applicant for the job is able to take the customs Representative Certification tests only after gaining seniority of a few years as a licensing clerk and working for a Senior customs representative.
The customs representative works for you but he is bound to keep and follow Israel laws, collecting true taxes And reporting by the most professional standards.
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