2016-03-13 | 5414 Print PDF
Most people tend to have a misconception about the role of a freight forwarder and a clearing agent and tend to use both terminologies interchangeably.
There are lots of these freight forwarding companies that parade as clearing and forwarding agent but only have permits to execute duties as freight forwarders. It is rare but also common to see both a certified and licensed clearing and forwarding companies execute both freight forwarding and custom clearance task.
In order to clear the dust, I will begin by explaining the difference between a freight forwarder and a clearing agent job function; Freight forwarder and clearing agent both execute different functions which are equally important.
A clearing agent on the other hand takes care of the customs clearance aspect of the business. In short it can be said that a clearing agent has his company accredited with border agencies.
Custom clearance By definition: Customs clearance work involves preparation and submission of documentation required to facilitate export or imports into the country, representing client during customs examination, assessment, payment of duty and co taking delivery of cargo from customs after clearance along with documents. source:- www.universalcargo.com/blog/bid/95413/What-is-Customs-Clearance
Now these are the main differences between a Clearing Agent and a Freight Forwarder...So if you come across a reliable licensed logistic company that can represent both as a clearing and forwarding agent, then you can be rest assured that you might end up reducing a lot of headaches and cost, especially if you are dealing with such issues like resolving the specifics on the how to's when it comes to Nigeria Customs Service tariff for different consignments and cargos.
Import and export of goods seems impossible without the help of a customs clearing agent. A clearing agent is one who has the license to serve as an agent in the process of clearing of cargo/consignment on behalf of consignee. For business entrepreneurs, it is difficult to keep track of the complex and evolving rules and regulations. A customs clearing agent in Nigeria can be appointed for we take up the entire responsibility of clearing the goods and hence, facilitate a prompt and timely delivery, which is so very essential for the businesses.