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The role performed by licensed customs brokers and freight forwarders is crucial to Australia’s prosperity and safety of the community.  Trade professionals facilitate trade and enabling importers and exporters to understand Government requirements and take advantage of customs concessions.  Licensed customs brokers also carry the primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the Customs Act 1901.

CGT’s lawyers have worked closely with customs brokers and freight forwarders for the past 15 years.  We understand the unique aspects of the industry, the commercial pressures of being a customs broker at a time of low duty rates and the intense competition that exists within the industry.


We have helped customs brokers with the following:

  • Audits and compliance issues

  • Disputes with customers

  • Corporate customs broker licence applications

  • Suspension or cancellation of broker/nominee licence

  • NCBLAC hearings and investigations

  • Sale, transfer and restructure of businesses

  • Internal training


We have also drafted key commercial documents for customs brokers and freight forwarders such as:

  • Terms and conditions of trade

  • Credit applications

  • Warehouse and 3PL agreements

  • Transport agreements

  • Service level agreements

  • Freight forwarder agency agreements

  • Internal import and export policies

  • Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements