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
We have also drafted key commercial documents for customs brokers and freight forwarders such as:
Terms and conditions of trade
Warehouse and 3PL agreements
Service level agreements
Freight forwarder agency agreements
Internal import and export policies
Confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements