International Freight Forwarder and Customs Broker Based in China

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International Customs Clearance Service

What Is Custom Clearance?

Customs clearance, also known as customs brokerage, is the process of complying with the legal requirements imposed by customs authorities to facilitate the movement of goods across international borders. When goods are imported or exported from one country to another, they must pass through customs clearance to ensure compliance with various regulations, duties, and taxes.

Our Custom Clearance Service

Sign Agreement with Chinese Importer
Ensuring all paperwork is accurate and complete for smooth customs processing.
Tariff classification and valuation assistance
Expert guidance in determining the correct tariffs and values for your imports.
Duty drawback and refund processing
Maximizing your savings by handling duty drawback and refund procedures efficiently.
Customs consulting and advisory service
Personalized advice and support to navigate complex customs regulations.
Temporary export arrangements
Facilitating temporary imports or exports with compliance and efficiency.
Handling of special cargo requirements
Catering to the unique needs of specialized cargo with precision and care.

Procedures of International
Customs Clearance

Navigating the pathway to seamless international trade.

What Documents Are Required For Customs Clearance?

Commercial Invoice

A detailed document provided by the seller that itemizes the goods being shipped, including their description, quantity, value, and terms of sale.

Packing List

A document that lists the contents of each package or shipment, including details such as weight, dimensions, and packaging materials.

Bill of Lading (B/L)

A document issued by the carrier (such as a shipping line or airline) that serves as a receipt for the goods and a contract of carriage between the shipper and the carrier.

Certificate of Origin

A document that certifies the origin of the goods and may be required to qualify for preferential tariff rates under free trade agreements or to comply with import regulations.

Import/Export License

Depending on the nature of the goods and the country’s regulations, an import or export license may be required to facilitate customs clearance.

Customs Declaration/Form

A form provided by the importer or exporter that provides detailed information about the goods being imported or exported, including their description, value, and classification.

Insurance Certificate

A document that provides evidence of insurance coverage for the goods during transit.

Transportation Document

This includes documents such as air waybills (for air shipments), sea waybills (for ocean shipments), or road/railway consignment notes (for land shipments), which serve as proof of transport.
How Long Does Customs Clearance Take?
A Few Hours To Several Days
The duration of customs clearance  can vary depending on several factors, including the following:

Destination Country

Type of Shipment

Nature of Goods

Accuracy of Documentation

Customs Workload

Customs Clearance Services

Prohibited & Restricted Items

Items prohibited to import from China

Why Choose Allwayforward for Customs Clearance?


Our streamlined customs clearance processes minimize delays and ensure prompt delivery of your shipments.


You can trust us to handle your customs clearance needs with precision and professionalism.


We maintain transparency throughout the customs clearance process, keeping you informed every step of the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

While it’s possible to handle customs clearance procedures independently, many importers choose to work with customs brokers or freight forwarders to navigate the complexities of international trade and ensure compliance with customs regulations. Customs brokers and freight forwarders can provide expertise, assistance with documentation, and help expedite the customs clearance process.
Import duties and taxes are calculated based on factors such as the value, quantity, and classification of the imported goods. Customs authorities use the Harmonized System (HS) code to determine the applicable tariff rates. Importers can estimate duties and taxes using online tools or consult with customs brokers for assistance.
Common challenges during customs clearance include incomplete or incorrect documentation, customs inspections, and delays due to high volume or backlogs at the port of entry. Importers should proactively address any potential issues and work closely with customs brokers to expedite the clearance process.
In most cases, importers do not need to be physically present during customs clearance. However, they must ensure that all required documentation is accurate and complete and be available to provide additional information or address any issues that may arise during the clearance process.
In addition to import duties and taxes, importers may incur other fees or charges during customs clearance, such as customs brokerage fees, handling fees, and storage fees. These fees vary depending on the customs broker or freight forwarder used and the specific services provided.