When importing products into the United States, some commodities are subject to Non-Tariff Barriers, which include quotas, licenses, subsidies and additional duties. These barriers are designed to discourage demand of an imported product, protecting domestic producers from foreign competition.
Global supply chains are extremely complex networks which require involvement by various professionals who must execute different tasks. Two of the most important parties involved in an international shipment are the freight forwarder and the customs broker. One company is often both the freight forwarder and the customs broker, however, the two can be independent of each other due to the differences in responsibilities and capabilities.