Our ALG teams worldwide understand the complexities of customs clearance, which involves extensive documentation, including commercial invoices, packing lists, bills of lading, certificates of origin, and any applicable permits or licenses. Ensuring the accuracy and completeness of these documents is crucial for a smooth clearance process.
Importers need to determine the applicable tariffs and duties for their goods based on the Harmonized System (HS) code classification. The complexity lies in understanding the specific customs regulations and tariff schedules of each country, as they can vary significantly. ALG members are experts in their local markets and have brokers on hand to handle the clearance of your shipments, no matter the complexity.
Determining the correct value of imported goods for customs purposes is essential. Customs authorities have specific rules and methods for valuation, and it is important to comply with them accurately. The valuation may include the cost of goods, freight, insurance, and other relevant charges. Our brokers are fully up to date on any regional or global Trade Agreements and Preferences that may be in place for any particular shipment. Understanding and complying with the rules of origin and other requirements of such agreements can be challenging, which is why you need an experienced team to handle your customs clearances.
Our brokers keep our clients aware of the timelines and deadlines associated with customs clearance processes. Failing to meet these deadlines may result in demurrage or detention charges, delayed deliveries, or other penalties. It is important to note that the complexities and requirements for customs clearance can change over time and vary by country. Our brokers consult with you to ensure compliance with the specific regulations and procedures applicable to your trade activities.