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A customs broker can be defined in boating terms as an individual or company that is licensed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to represent the importer of a boat. This includes all things related to the process of dealing with customs regulations and payment of the respective duties.
The paperwork and processes involved in bringing a vessel into the United States is very complicated. A customs broker is familiar with the applicable regulations and will ensure they are properly followed. The broker acts as the importer's agent and is not an official or employee of the federal government.
Many foreign built boats are brought in by a manufacturer's representative here in the United States. These are often used as demonstrators from which purchase orders are taken. The representative will then make arrangements with a customs broker to deal with such matters upon arrival of the specified boat.
Due to the complexities involved, it is not recommended that an individual purchaser attempt to handle their own customs process of either a new or pre-owned foreign boat.
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