Power of Attorney (POA) in Shipping

Part of the Freight Term Glossary


Customs and Importing in the US: POA In Shipping

A power of attorney (POA) is a legal document used in shipping to grant a customs broker the authority to process Customs clearance on your behalf.

A signed POA is necessary in order to clear your goods through US Customs. 

Your freight forwarder may offer brokerage services directly, or they may contract a brokerage service. You can also contact a broker through the Freightos.com marketplace.

What information is required for a POA?

Information required for a POA includes:

  • An IRS, social security, or importer ID number.
  • Your full name and the name under which your business is registered.
  • The jurisdiction in which your company operates.
  • An authorized signature.

Who is authorized to sign a POA?

A POA must be signed by an officer of the company making the shipment. Authority to sign sometimes depends on the structure of the company (individual, corporation, LLC, etc.). EU companies importing into the United States require a secondary witness signature from another officer of the company.

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