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Customs Broker FAQ

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Exporting CHINA
Frequently asked questions about customs brokerage and the exporting to Chinese process.

I have never exported before, is it difficult?
Yes and No, exporting is difficult if you don’t use a professional customs broker. TOBECAN exportclear makes exports simple by streamlining the process into a few easy steps and doing all the work for you. Thus, people who use Tobecan exportclear find exporting easy and affordable.

Do I need to have a license to export products?
No, but you do need to use a licensed Customs broker. TOBECAN exportclear is a licensed customs broker and freight forwarder who can easily clear your freight and deliver it to its ultimate destination.

What Chinese ports does exportclear service?
Tobecan Import Clear is licensed to clear goods anywhere within China. We are hooked up to the China Customs EDI program which enables remote customs entry to any port. We are able to handle all exports coming into China and deliver them to their final destination.

What is a customs broker and what do they do?
Customs brokers are licensed to act as agents for commercial companies exporting goods to all over the world. Customs brokers provide release instructions to Chinese Customs as well as other government departments to permit the flow of exported goods. Customs brokers classify the goods according to the current Chinese Tariff to apply duties and taxes owing to Chinese Customs. With the constantly changing rules and regulations, employing a customs broker makes good business sense.

Does Tobecan Exportclear offer last mile delivery within CHINA?
Yes, we offer last mile delivery services. Ask for ocean port and airport pickups and last mile delivery of your goods to the final destination.

Do I need to be a Chinese Citizen?
No. Tobecan Exportclear offers exports from China for both CN & International businesses or individuals.

How Long does it take to process for Customs?
Our goal is to process your shipment for Customs within 30 minutes however complex entries can take up to 3 hours

Will i need a Credit Card to process a shipment?
No. Tobecan exportclear can help do you, all in.

What documents do i need to provide Tobecan exportclear for my export?
For simple exports, only a commercial invoice (bill of sale is required. more complex exports may require completed partner government agency forms, all other documentation will com directly from your carrier.)

What is an exporter of Record?
Exporter of Record refers to an exporter, whether an entity or individual, who is responsible for ensuring that legal goods are exported in accordance with the law of the place. The exporter is responsible for filling legally required documents.

What is a commercial invoice?
The commercial invoice is the basic statement of the seller to the buyer for goods shipped; it ideally respresents a complete record of the business transaction between the exporter and the exporter with regard to the goods sold. A commercial invoice must include vender contact info. buyer contact info. detailed item description,country of manufacture of the goods, price,quantity, and HS code.

What is a Customs Bond?
A customs surety bond is a contract used for guaranteeing that a specific obligation will be fulfilled between customs and an exporter for and given export transaction. The main purpose of a custom bond is to guarantee the payment of export duties and taxes.

What is Custom Duty?
China imposes tariffs(customs duties) on export of goods. The duty is levied at the time of export and is paid by the exporter of record. Customs duties vary by country of origin and product. Goods from many countries are exempt from duty under varions trade agreements.

How is duty calculated?
The China Tariff System provides duty rates for virtually every item that exists. The system is a reference manual that is the size of an unabridged dictionary.

Need delivery too?
Tobecan exportclear can arrange the pick up and delivery of cargo anywhere in the China.

Don’t have all your documents?
With Tobecan Exportclear, you will be able to upload documents at any time throughout the clearance process via our virtual work-space.

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