Present at the main sea and air ports in France, our teams will work with you in the planning stages to optimize your customs strategies for import/ export, and beyond.
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Effective management means the power to anticipate! We work on the front end so that your customs clearance will simply be a perfectly smooth formality.
In 2016, in the European Union Customs Code, the Registered Customs Representative (RCR) status replaced the Customs broker licence. Nevertheless, in everyday language, people often use the term "Customs broker".
Traditionally in France, it has been the Customs Administration that granted the Customs broker authorization. This authorization allowed brokers to perform customs formalities in all the sea and air ports in France, for both imports and exports, using various representation methods (direct or indirect), and all customs policies (permanent or temporary).
In May 2016, the European Union adopted the European Union Customs Code, which standardized customs legislation throughout Europe. It sets the contours of the "Registered Customs Broker" (RCR) article 18 statute. While both representation methods (direct and indirect) are maintained, direct representation is no longer reserved exclusively for customs brokers. Rather, it is open to all certified operators who have the AEO status (Authorized Economic Operators) who are able to act as customs brokers in the member states other than those in which they are established.
In France, customs brokers must be registered in advance and they have to fulfill certain conditions including customs expertise criteria (starting on January 1, 2018).
> Find out more about the Registered Customs Broker on the French Customswebsite.
As an authorized Customs Broker since 1951, Mathez Freight has had Authorized Economic Operator status since 2013 and Registered Customs Representative status in France since 2016.
The "AEO" accreditation (Authorized Economic Operator) is granted by the Customs Administration to companies that meet strict customs criteria and demonstrate consistent quality, compliance and reliability in the international supply chain.
> More info on the French Customswebsite.
Working with a " AEO - Full" freight forwarder gives you, as a shipper, the following advantages:
Since 2013, Mathez Freight Forwarding benefits from the status AEO-Full , which includes the AEO certificate "customs simplifications" and the AEO certificate "security-safety". When you work with Mathez Freight, you can rest assured that all your customs operations across the EU and beyond will be carried out with accuracy, reliability and professionalism, to the highest standards.
As soon as you anticipate shipment of a product, it is essential to verify the applicable rights and taxes, as well as associated regulation in order to fully appreciate customs risks and optimize your operations in terms of fiscal and customs requirements.
In the event of any doubt, request a product customs classification (Binding Tariff Information).
>> Everything you need to know about Binding Tariff Information with Mathez Conseil Formation.
Many companies commit the mistake of using several Customs brokers either because they export EXW and allow the buyer at their destination to chose the freight forwarder or because they are looking for the lowest bidder on a case by case basis. The practice in Europe is that the party which transports the merchandise also clears it through customs: these companies in the end rely on numerous sub-contractors transmitting their customs paperwork. A multiplicity of customs brokers will lead to inconsistencies and complicates retrieval of customs documents and particularly the outward ECSwhich is mandatory to prove export invoicing with tax not included.
On the contrary, working with a single point of contact will facilitate exchanges and retrieval of your customs documents. Centralization will also allow you to entrust your customs formalities to a close-knit team who knows your origins, your terms, your procedures, and who can help:
The response will depend a lot on your organization. Possible areas for improvement:
Contact us! We are available to advise and assist you throughout each of these procedures.
If for you EXW incoterm (ex-works) seems very advantageous for export, committing you to little in terms of liability and fees, from a customs point of view, there is still just as much risk.
For EXW sales, the exporter's invoice does not include Tax, and it appears in box 2 of the Single Administrative Document, without addressing export customs formalities or the choice of the customs broker. You are leaving yourself open to risks: