Do you know exactly what a Customs Broker can do when facilitating the shipment and delivery of your goods across borders? Will your holiday products cross the border and reach its destination safely and in time? These are questions you should be able to answer with an emphatic YES! If not, read on…

A customs broker expedites international trade. Seems simple enough but unfortunately it’s not. Customs regulations and laws regarding import and export of goods are constantly changing from country to country and sometimes from day to day. A good customs broker knows this and is one step ahead when moving goods for clients.

Imports and Exports

There is no legal requirement for you to hire a Customs Broker to clear your goods. However, many importers and exporters choose to do so for the convenience. Customs Brokers are licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct CBP business on behalf of importers. They take the burden of filling out paperwork and obtaining a CBP bond off of you, the importer – they are the middleman between companies (or individuals) importing merchandise and the government. They also make sure the imported merchandise is classified correctly under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US (HTSUS). The importer is ultimately responsible for knowing CBP requirements and for ensuring their importation complies with all federal rules and regulations, but using a Customs Broker can avoid costly mistakes.

You can also use a Customs Broker to export your goods. For example, exactly what does it take to get your shipment of 1,000 toy trains from the US to another country?

  • Custom brokers obtain and fill out all the paperwork needed to give to government agencies for your shipment of goods.
  • They also calculate and ensure duties and tariffs are paid.
  • They obtain and make insurance claims, and track cargo.
  • They have a good relationship with customs officials – their successful day to day interaction is crucial. One snafu and your 1,000 toy trains will veer off track.

Specialty Services

Besides all the paperwork, payments and customs interaction, a Custom Broker can also advise clients as to what markets are beneficial and which are not. With their understanding of tariffs – which is important especially now with tariff rates so volatile – they can help your company venture into new markets to expand its trading possibilities. A Custom Broker allows you and your company to do what you do best – produce products – without worrying about breaking trade laws or not paying the correct amount of duties or tariffs.

Hiring the correct Customs Broker obviously can help your company avoid any problems with clearance of your valuable cargo. Correct documentation and timeliness are critical to your shipment being cleared at the border. A good relationship with custom officials is imperative for successful global trade – a reliable customs broker understands this.

In need of a dependable and experienced Customs Broker? Visit Seldat’s Custom Brokerage for precise and timely service.



Paul Conolly

Paul leads the Executive Team for the Oceanstar Group. Prior to founding the company, Paul enjoyed a distinguished career with OOCL–both at sea and ashore. At sea, Paul rose through the ranks to become OOCL’s youngest captain at the age of 27. After coming ashore, he held key management positions in both Asia and North America. Paul’s greatest strengths are his industry experience, critical thinking, and his leadership that extends to developing people and building robust teams and partnerships. Paul is a lifelong learner who is actively involved in supporting education. He has served on a number of non-profit Boards in the past, including the Waldorf School of Orange County, and is currently on the Board Of Trustees for the Association Of Waldorf Schools Of North America. Paul is married with two children and is an avid soccer fan.

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James Conolly

James oversees financial planning, manages risk, and evaluates strategic growth opportunities for Oceanstar as well as liaising with existing and potential investors. Prior to joining the company, James worked in banking, most recently with Barclays Investment Bank. During his 18-year banking tenure, James worked across multiple industry sectors, including Transportation and Logistics where his consultative approach to financial risk management has safely steered many companies through turbulent market conditions. James relocated from the UK to Southern California in April 2016 with his wife and two children and has wasted no time in learning to surf.

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Cara Conolly

 

Cara guides the Oceanstar team in the realm of Human Resources, operations, and payroll. Co-founder of the company, she draws from her many years as an educator and her studies in psychology to help develop the potential of each member of the team. Cara’s greatest strengths are her strong business acumen, solution-based orientation, and real connection to people. Cara loves cooking, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is married with two children.

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Irene Lim

Irene Lim spearheads Oceanstar Group’s Sourcing division with responsibility for all aspects of the business including sourcing, trading, import/export, and logistics. Prior to joining Oceanstar, Irene was the Export Sales Manager for ARC Air Logistics. A veteran, with over 30 years of experience in commodity sales, sourcing, and freight forwarding, she brings extensive knowledge, a true sense of urgency, negotiating prowess, and well-established contacts that enable her to execute seemingly impossible deals. Because helping and serving others is her passion, Irene makes herself available to her customers with full dedication. Irene loves to cook, spend time with her three daughters, and unwind with her DVR.

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Logan Moore

Logan manages Oceanstar’s Global transportation division with responsibility for business development, agency alignment, staffing, and regulatory oversight. Most recently, he served as a Director of International Pricing at Suddath Global Logistics. Logan began his 30-year freight forwarding industry tenure as an import documentation runner and warehouse employee. Through his advancement, he has learned every aspect of the business while building steadfast relationships. Logan’s nuanced industry knowledge and exceptional negotiating skills benefit Oceanstar’s partners at every turn. Raised in Chicago with a particular love for the game of baseball, Logan was a long suffering Cubs fan but with the Cubs ending a 108 year drought his loyalty has finally paid off.

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Paul Conolly

Paul leads the Executive Team for the Oceanstar Group. Prior to founding the company, Paul enjoyed a distinguished career with OOCL–both at sea and ashore. At sea, Paul rose through the ranks to become OOCL’s youngest captain at the age of 27. After coming ashore, he held key management positions in both Asia and North America. Paul’s greatest strengths are his industry experience, critical thinking, and his leadership that extends to developing people and building robust teams and partnerships. Paul is a lifelong learner who is actively involved in supporting education. He has served on a number of non-profit Boards in the past, including the Waldorf School of Orange County, and is currently on the Board Of Trustees for the Association Of Waldorf Schools Of North America. Paul is married with two children and is an avid soccer fan.

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