Why Do You Need a Customs Broker?

Why a Customs Broker in Houston?

[Posted on November 21 2013 by Gary Gardner]

A customs broker ensures that you legally import your goods into the United States in the most efficient and cost effective method possible. Customs Brokers use the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and Title 19, Code of Federal Regulations to determine:
  • Entry and/or admissibility of merchandise

  • Classification of merchandise

  • Valuation of merchandise

  • Collection of duties, taxes & fees

  • Refunds of duties

A customs broker is licensed under CFR19 Chapter 111 to transact customs business on behalf of others. A customs broker must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a US citizen

  • Must NOT be an officer of employee of the federal government

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must be of good moral character

  • Must pass the Customs Broker License Exam

  • Must be approved by customs

Houston as a Major Freight Hub for Import

The Port of Houston is a 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities located along the Houston ship channel. The Port of Houston is consistently ranked 1st in the United States in foreign waterborne tonnage; 1st in U.S. imports; 1st in U.S. export tonnage and 2nd in the U.S. in total tonnage. It is also the nation’s leading break-bulk post, handling 65 percent of all major U.S. project cargo. Centrally located on the Gulf Coast, Houston is a strategic gateway for cargo originating in or destined for the U.S. West and Midwest. Houston lies within close reach of one of the nation’s largest concentrations of consumers. More than 17 million people live within 300 miles of the city, and approximately 60 million live within 700 miles. Houston has an infrastructure of truck, rail and air connections that allow shippers to economically transport their goods through Houston to inland points.

Licensed Customs Brokers play a key role in the Ports ability to conduct business and therefore Houston has a robust customs broker network. Additionally an experienced and seasoned customs broker is a necessity when moving merchandise through the Port of Houston. 

How E.R. Hawthorne helps in the Customs process?

E.R. Hawthorne has been in business since 1959 in Houston and has an average tenure of over 20 years with the company and over 30 years’ experience moving merchandise through ports. This experience differentiates E.R. Hawthorne from the large brokerage houses that rely on young and inexperienced employees in an assembly line structure to process customs files. E.R. Hawthorne prefers to use experienced employees who handle files all the way through the process to ensure they completely understand the unique nature of your merchandise. This means more accurate valuations and filings which can save money and reduce liability for our customers.

Contact E.R.Hawthorne today to learn how we can streamline your logisitics and supply, to move your products through customs with ease. 

Gary Gardner
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