In today’s competitive business world, the need to go global as fast as possible is a requirement for many businesses seeking to establish their firm role in the sector. For businesses involved in any way import/export related, this may not always be an easy time for the unseasoned individuals. There are several laws varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction that govern businesses and import/export related activities. Staying on top of these, as well as navigating the corridors of overseas markets, requires the expertise and knowledge of seasoned professionals. This is where custom brokers come in. Custom brokers are individuals licensed to work with the various custom departments to clear imports and exports on behalf of individuals and businesses. They may be an individual, an agency, a corporation, or even an association. For a novice business just venturing into the oversea import and export market, here are some ways in which these individuals may just prove to be an added advantage to your business.
Compliance with the law
The custom brokers are responsible for obtaining and filling out all documentations necessary for any import/export merchandise you may need. As earlier stated, legal requirements for import and export activities vary from border to border. The custom brokers will help you gather all the legal requirements and fill the documentation. They will also assist in payments that are needed such as tariffs and duties on the goods. Such assistance will guarantee you compliance as well as save time for a business, both of which can prove crucial to any business transacting on such platforms. Not only does assistance with compliance save business time, but it also paves way for a business to interact confidently in the new market. This is very crucial for a new business that is just venturing into new territories.
Strategize and explore new markets
Custom agents are not only good for the paperwork end of import/export business. They are also a good source of market information useful to any type of business. The custom brokers can help you strategize on market entry points, demographics, and even set ups. This information can be very useful especially when a business aims to expand its operations into a territory, or venture into new ones. The agents will help you explore the possibilities of the new markets, the expected conditions, and more importantly, the most viable entry points into these new markets.
Any business that learns how to use custom agents on the above two fronts can easily see itself grow from the novice stage into a well established business in any market.
A de facto visa is one used in place of a spouse visa, for partners who are not married but who have a long-term, committed relationship. Because there is no marriage license between these two, the government may ask for supporting evidence of a long-term relationship, typically a full year, before approving this visa.
Before you apply, note a few things that may be used as supporting evidence. This can help you to prepare your application properly and ensure it gets processed quickly and approved the first time you apply.
1. Financial statements
Couples who cohabitate may have financial statements and obligations they share; this can include joint bank accounts, life insurance policies with the other as the beneficiary, joint tax returns, and so on. If these are dated to show a long-term relationship, this can be added proof of the relationship. In some cases, utility bills for one home in both your names can also be used as proof of shared financial obligations. A will that you’ve both signed may also be considered part of your shared financial statements.
2. Joint address
An apartment lease or mortgage with your names showing a shared address can be considered proof of the relationship. If you don’t have actual paperwork showing that you both own or rent a common address, you may be able to show proof of residence and in turn, proof of your relationship. Do you have items mailed to a shared address, such as bills or separate bank statements? If you have separate bank accounts or file your taxes separately but use the same address, this can be used as proof of your relationship. It’s good if these are official mail and not junk mail, such as those bank statements, invitations, paychecks, and the like.
3. Photographs and incidental evidence
If you don’t have actual legal proof of your relationship, in some cases the government may accept photographs and incidental evidence. If you shared holidays together, attended parties together, or have other photos that add weight to your claim of a committed, long-term relationship, these can be used as proof. Keep in mind, however, that you should never send in a photo album or CD of photos. Additionally, it may be good to date the pictures so that you show a long-term relationship when using pictures to apply for a de facto visa. This will keep the government office from being overwhelmed with your photos and rejecting your application simply because they could not take the time to get them organized!
For more information about obtaining a de facto visa, contact a company like Fisa Pty Ltd.