Customs brokerage is a profession that involves the ‘clearing’ of goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters (usually businesses). This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation (and usually the payment) on behalf of the client of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between the importer/exporter and governmental authorities.
Custom brokers may be employed by or affiliated with freight forwarders, but may be independent businesses or may be employed by shipping lines, importers, exporters, trade authorities and customs brokerage firms.
Tasks include classifying jobs, compiling information, tracking shipments and liaising with clients regarding shipment queries and problems. A Customs Broker also liaises with interstate offices, lodge entries and with Customs and AQIS.
An AQIS Accredited Customs Broker licence is a requirement but you may only be granted a licence if you are considered to be suitably qualified. To be eligible you must show completion of the approved course of study, such as a Diploma of International Freight Forwarding, and proof of your acquired experience in the industry.
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