It is of course essential to consider import/export control requirements but the subject most often ignored by exporters and importers is duty and tax management. If you get this wrong you are merely adding the cost of duty  ( around 1-20% in most countries) and taxes such as VAT ( around 20%) to the landed cost of material.  Companies exerting huge efforts to reduce production costs by 1% often mistakenly waste these big amounts by shipping on integrator/fast parcel type services on a door to door basis without managing the import clearance process carefully.

If you are considering clearing goods into the UK or if you have agreed terms with your customer to clear goods into another country ( See INCOTERMS above), the considerations are the same.  Who is the importer of record, what are the goods ( quantity, description, tariff etc) , is there duty or tax to pay, is there a way of mitigating that and is there some form of import license or permit to obtain? Are you in a position to obtain such permits?  Also, in some countries only a Customs Broker who has been given a Customs Power of Attorney by the importer can clear cargo through Customs.

Where Strategic Can Help

AS we said, one company’s export is another company’s import. Never export without considering this.   Never agree to import either without considering if you can do it, and what the effect will be. In the UK Strategic is one of the most experienced agents in the sector,  can guide you through the legislation and provide training to your staff.  Overseas, we use the services of the handpicked, qualified brokers we have worked with for years. Many of these are also contracted or authorised by the same companies to whom such material moves.

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