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What is a Power of Attorney (POA)?

Part of the Freight Term Glossary

 

A power of attorney (POA) is a general legal document used in shipping to grant a freight forwarder the authority to act on behalf of the consignor

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.