Customs agent, definition: A customs agent is a foreign trade professional, as a foreign trade specialist, he facilitates all administrative tasks related to the import and export of products. A customs agent, also known as a customs broker or customs representative, fulfills the function of facilitating and presenting the necessary procedures for importing and importing merchandise. A customs broker must know all the national and international regulations that intervene in foreign trade, a customs agent has the power to legally represent a company, therefore the customs agent is the legal representative of the importer or exporter before the authorities. governmental.
A customs agent can fulfill his functions as a foreign trade manager both in private companies as well as in government agencies. As a foreign trade professional, you must thoroughly know the legal, accounting, and fiscal regulations involved in foreign trade, as well as the cost-benefit ratio of imported and exported products to generate the best profitability in a company.
To fulfill its functions, a customs agent must be authorized by the General Directorate of Customs and special taxes. Such authorization allows the customs professional to present all the necessary documentation to the regulatory body.
During the process of importing and exporting goods or products there are different added costs which a customs agent must know in order to be able to estimate the costs that occur both in the purchase and in the sale of products internationally.
Requirements that a customs agent must meet
Any person who wishes to fulfill the function of customs agent must approve the necessary requirements demanded by both Spain and the legal requirements demanded by the European Union.
- Approve all tax and customs regulations in foreign trade
- Know and pass the Special Tax exams
- Must comply with all smuggling regulation requirements
- Know as much as possible all regulations of the contracts for the sale of merchandise and international transport regulations
- A customs agent in Spain must know and demonstrate the legal regulations of foreign trade referred to the Economic and Fiscal Regime of the Canary Islands as well as the special regimes of Ceuta and Melilla (Spanish enclaves in North Africa)