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The relationship between a customs broker and a shipping company such as Bontrade is a symbiotic one. Together, we make the import and export process run smoothly. The ultimate product of this relationship is money: better profits for us, and more money in the pocket for the client (who is likely to give us their business in the future.)

But how does this relationship work, and how can a shipping company help customs brokers save money?

What are Customs Brokers?

If a client wants their cargo to reach its destination without too much fuss, they hire someone who knows how to navigate the complicated landscape of imports and exports. They hire, in other words, a customs broker.

Customs brokers arrange for shipping, meet with customs agents to make sure that the items are inspected without issue, pay duties, and pick up the item for delivery. They even arrange for transportation to get the item delivered. They keep up with the latest rules and regulations and monitor the cargo under their care as it traverses the process of customs.

There are, however, a lot of job-related expenses for a customs broker, both in time and money. So how can you save money as a customs broker, pass those savings on to clients, and make a profit?

Saving Money through Collaboration

The answer is that you tap into the services of other professionals. Just as a client is hiring a customs broker to manage their cargo, a customs broker can use warehouse, transportation, and delivery services that they trust. Building long-term relationships with capable and efficient service providers make a huge difference, saving both trouble and cost. This sort of arrangement benefits everyone: the service provider gets a steady stream of business from the customs broker, and the customs broker can negotiate a lower “wholesale” price for a set of services that they need. The client, of course, feels this lower price too. Everyone wins when professionals put their expertise together.

Though this meeting of the minds helps at all stages of the importing and exporting process, it is especially helpful during shipping. Getting the cargo to its destination can be very complicated; delays in transit, problems with customs due to packaging, and communication problems make up many of the money-eating troubles that a customs broker will face. You can avoid these troubles by building a relationship with experienced, trustworthy shippers who know how to manage these hurdles. And, when shipping arrangements are taken care of, a customs broker can focus their energies on what they do best – making sure that the cargo gets through customs. Again, everyone wins.

How Bontrade can Help

For customs brokers in the Caribbean and South America, partnering with Bontrade can save money, reduce delays, and improve their profit margins. Based in Miami, Bontrade is an experienced shipping company with a wide network of carriers. This network allows us to offer efficient transit and competitive bulk shipping rates for a variety of cargo, including vehicles. Bontrade also has negotiated rates with FedEx, reducing the price of deliveries and US transport.

Bontrade offers consistent transportation times, reduced transportation-related expenses, and lower risks of delays. As an experienced shipper, Bontrade also makes sure that the item is properly packaged and shipped, reducing delays at customs and potential damage to the cargo in transit.

All of this translates to happier clients and better profit margins for customs brokers. Contact Bontrade today and see how you can benefit from this partnership.

Submit the details about your shipment and receive a Free Quote.

Bontrade can help export a vehicle from Miami to any port in the Caribbean, Central America, or South America. We make the vehicle exporting process as efficient as possible, lowering costs and hassle with our vast network of contacts and expertise. This is what sets us apart from other customs brokers, freight forwarders, and shipping companies – but why? What makes us so special? First, let’s define what a vehicle is.

According to US Customs and Border Protection (at CBP.gov) a vehicle is a “self-propelled device,” that is, one that is powered by a motor and operated, in person, by a driver. This includes cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Because these are complex and heavy machines, special care needs to be taken while exporting vehicles — both to keep them in good working condition for when they arrive at their destination and to make sure that they can be legally transported to their destination.

Vehicles follow slightly different rules than other shipping products. For the most part, this just means different regulations and a few odd details in the fine print. However, as a valuable trade good, vehicles being exported are also frequently subject to quotas. This limits how many vehicles can enter or leave the country. If the quota has already been met, this can hold up shipping and delivery and cause major problems.

Vehicles being exported also need a certain degree of space and carrying capacity. And, if they are being shipped in parts, an expert mechanic must be ready and waiting at the destination to put them back together and ensure that they are in working order.

Sometimes, vehicle exporting goes wrong. Space is just not available. Parts may be separated in delivery, or the vehicle may be damaged in transit. The expert may not be available, a mistake might delay the exported vehicle for days, or even send it somewhere else entirely. These are a lot of maybes and possibilities for error, and they all end up in higher costs and lost profits.

Why risk it? Whenever you ship out cargo, you should always hire professional help.  A professional’s expertise, connections, and agents in other ports can help smooth out the process and save you time, money, and hassle. Bontrade is not the only company that offers these sorts of services – there are many out there, just an internet search away. What makes Bontrade exceptional, however, is that it is one of the few that offers help with vehicle shipping.

Bontrade has the expertise and manpower to handle all of the details that go into exporting your vehicle.  All you need to do, for the documentation, is provide the vehicle, the accompanying proof of purchase, documentation with the vehicle’s identification number, and a copy of your ID or passport. Bontrade will do the rest, keeping everything up-to-date with the needs of the vehicle, the shipping companies, and the law, ensuring that the shipping of your vehicle goes smoothly from start to finish.

The wheel should be in your hands a week or so later, about 5-6 days to send it over, and about 2-3 days to ensure its safe and comfortable travel through customs – a journey that Bontrade assures.

If you are planning to export a vehicle, don’t do it alone; contact the experienced specialists at Bontrade and see what we can do for you.

Submit the details about your shipment and receive a Free Quote.

Bon Trade Intl. Corp. was founded in 1984 to be a service company in support of the export trade to the Caribbean from South Florida, The Gateway to the Caribbean and South America.

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