What is the Customs Clearance Fee?

Customs Clearance Fees & Charges


Who Charges the Customs Clearance Fee: Forwarder or Customs Broker

Charge At: Origin/Destination

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Customs Brokers & Customs Clearance Agents

Customs brokers or clearance agents are licensed through CBP to act as agents on behalf of importers. They may be independent or may also operate as a freight forwarder.

Customs brokers or customs clearance agents help importers get their freight through customs as quickly and smoothly as possible. A skilled broker will help lower the cost of duties and taxes while ensuring regulatory compliance.

Customs Clearance Charge Description

The customs clearance covers the process of preparing and submitting Customs Entry documentation to the CBP.

This is also known as Customs Brokerage.

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How To Pay The Custom Clearance Fee

The customs clearance fee is paid directly to the customs broker or customs clearance agent to cover the cost of submitting documentation and processing duties payment.

Customs Clearance Fee Tips

The standard rate for Customs Clearance is around $50 for clearance with China’s Customs and $100-$120 for clearance with CBP.

It cannot be anticipated on the freight quote, but CBP may (at their discretion) conduct an examination, accruing costs for you (refer ISF Filing, above).

Examination is almost certain for some products, e.g. food, drugs, animal goods, your documentation is also supplied to other government agencies (OGA) concerned with threats to national health, safety, and security.

Avoid potential customs clearance delays and fees by reading our most recent post ‘Understanding Customs Clearance Procedures’. 


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