When we talk about logistics, we are also talking about countless peculiarities. For each type of cargo, for each destination, there are distinct characteristics that make each process practically unique.
What is standard in all logistics processes is to find the best harmony between transport time and cost.
And to achieve this goal, both in exporting and importing goods, the work of freight forwarders, customs brokers and commission agents is essential.
However, many people are confused about the responsibilities of each professional, and in this post, we will explain in detail the differences between Freight Forwarder, Customs Broker and Customs Commissioner.
A freight forwarder is responsible for developing customised solutions for freight transport in any modal (air, sea or land), defining the best means of transport and the complete planning of the best route to ensure the best freight rates.
Among the tasks that are part of the Freight Forwarder's job is the care of all the documental and physical part of the international cargo shipment to ensure that the goods are transported and delivered within the terms, conditions and periods established.
And, of course, his objective is always to deliver to the contracting party a study and a follow-up that guarantees the objective we mentioned above: better time and cost for the logistics operation.
Some functions of the Freight Forwarder:
Before explaining what is and what makes a Customs Broker, it is worth noting that customs clearance is the procedure for verification of goods arriving in Brazil. In this procedure there is a conference between the import declaration (DI) and the physical cargo in order to detect any irregularity.
The Customs Broker is the professional registered in the Federal Revenue of Brazil that has a power granted by the exporter or importer.
Through a power of attorney, the customs broker represents the interests of his client before the governmental actors who carry out Customs Control, which are the measures used by a country to supervise or regulate the traffic of goods through its borders.
After the work of the customs broker, the Customs Commissioner takes care of everything else.
It is the Customs Commissioner who verifies documentation, issues bills of lading, makes payments on behalf of the customer, etc.
It verifies the tariff classification of the goods and provides for the payment of taxes and contributions on imports, freight, demurrage, storage and wharfage, Additional Freight for the Renewal of the Merchant Navy (AFRMM), etc..
Some functions of the Customs Commissioner:
As you can see, all professionals are needed to ensure the effectiveness of your import and export logistics.
At Grupo Pinho, you have at your disposal qualified professionals with experience in various procedures, from large projects to logistics for small and medium enterprises.