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Rely on our experienced customs clearance experts to seamlessly manage your import and export transportation needs.
Customs clearance is an important and fundamental process and procedure of importing or exporting goods internationally. Identifying the correct Harmonised System (HS) codes for the goods is a vital part of the clearance process, as it determines the product classification code, ensuring the goods are cleared, and customs duties are applied correctly. Usage of the wrong HS code may cause you to pay the wrong duty and incorrectly declare the goods to the relevant Customs Authority, which carries the possibility of penalties or seizure of goods.
Why is relying on experts for customs clearance so important?
In international freight forwarding, having local customs experts who are familiar with the relevant country’s requirements is paramount to ensure compliance. Each country has its own unique customs processes, so utilising the services and worldwide network experience of the TVS SCS freight forwarders during imports and exports will simplify this process. Our network is highly credentialled and fully compliant with each geography’s governing and authority bodies. For example, in Oceania, we are accredited Australian Trusted Traders (ATT), and in Asia and Europe, we are Authorised Economic Operators (AEO).
Correctly navigating the complexities of customs requirements can save your business unnecessary duties or penalties paid. For example, being able to determine the correct country of origin will also affect the possible duties payable and any restrictions on sending goods to or from that country of origin. Also, the correct value of your goods must be determined. Using the incorrect valuation method for the country of import could result in paying too much or not enough import duty and taxes.
Ongoing international sanctions based on the commodity type, origin and destination countries and parties involved can also affect the shipping of goods. TVS SCS will only ship in compliance with regulations and sanctions imposed by the United Nations, European Union, United States and other countries/territories.
Variations in regulations from country to country can also affect exports. Our in-house customs experts are deeply familiar with licensing, special provisions and restricted and prohibited goods for key markets and countries around the world.
We are the experts in your market
Our in-house teams of customs experts are embedded in key markets, with extensive knowledge of customs processes and documentation requirements. This makes us an ideal one-stop-shop service provider for all of our clients’ freight forwarding needs. We also have direct control over customs clearance for our customers, resulting in greater agility and capacity for resolution for any administrative requirements.
We further simplify the import and export supply chain by offering Bonded Warehousing and Quarantine Management in key markets.
For every shipment you make with TVS SCS, you enjoy the benefits of working with a company that has global experience in international transport, export controls, import and export regulations and customs clearance.
Key benefits of Customs Clearance and Brokerage Services with TVS SCS:
- Timely - Efficient, timely and accurate customs handling and reporting
- Ease of business - Compliance when completing declarations on your behalf
- Local knowledge - With offices located at key logistics hubs and markets, we know the local market
- Expertise - Extensive knowledge of customs clearance and documentation requirements for both import and export
- Accredited - Highly credentialled and fully compliant traders and operators with different governing and authority bodies
- Consultation and advice - We can advise and assist when additional government agencies and regulations are involved in clearing your shipment
- AEO - Authorised Economic Operators (AEO) in Asia and Europe grants quicker customs clearance and fewer physical goods inspections
- ATT - Australian Trusted Traders (ATT) in Australia
- Warehousing - Offering Bonded Warehousing and Quarantine Management services
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Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) are treaties between two or more countries that benefit importers, exporters, producers and investors by reducing and eliminating certain barriers to international trade and investment.
Trying to figure out which FTA is best to use and what is required can be a complex task. This is where the experts at TVS SCS can help navigate and simplify it all so you can take the best advantage of reduced or duty-free entitlement.
Every item shipped needs to have an HS code (customs classification). From the International Trade Administration: The Harmonised System is a standardised numerical method of classifying traded products. It is used by customs authorities around the world to identify products when assessing duties and taxes and for gathering statistics. The HS is administrated by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
A bonded warehouse, also referred to as a customs warehouse, is an ideal solution for customers who require stock to be held in a certain country. Stock in a bonded warehouse have taxes suspended and are not paid until the goods leave the warehouse. This allows for quality control and some handling to occur without paying the import taxes, as long as the original conditions are not altered. Financially, suspending tax payments until the goods are required makes it possible to match tax payments to actual sales, rather than making disbursement in advance.