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Freight forwarder or Local agent

Toys and Games
From Uganda
To Singapore
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Ehsan A.
Oct 21, 2021

What are the pros and cons of using a freight forwarder or local agent?

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Oct 21, 2021

Using an ’indirect representative’ means that they will lodge the declaration for you in their own name and just send you the customs duty bill to pay. But, whoever takes on the role of ‘importer of record’ in the EU country will become jointly and severally liable for any VAT or customs duty that is not paid on time. So if you do not already have a good working relationship with a freight company, it may prove difficult and possibly expensive to appoint one as ’indirect representative’. It should not be difficult, however, to find an agent willing to act as your ‘direct representative’ where the liability for the customs debt rests entirely with you as the principal.

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