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What is a Customs Broker?

Part of the Freight Term Glossary

 

A customs broker is a CBP-licensed logistics expert responsible for ensuring that a shipment meets all standards and regulations for the import or export of goods. They can assist with all necessary documentation, duties, taxes, and payments.

Shipments that don’t meet customs requirements can be held indefinitely at the shipper’s expense or even confiscated. If you are unsure if your shipment meets all requirements for customs clearance, hiring a customs broker can be an economical choice.

You can find a complete list of customs brokers here.