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Our business can rely on imported goods and you will need to work with a shipping services company like ours that can get your merchandise through customs in a timely manner. Bray Brokerage is made up of a team of highly-experienced customs brokers and entry writers. Our brokers are licensed through the US Customs and Border Protection agency and are well-versed in tariff and custom laws, allowing us to foresee and avoid potential obstacles to customs clearance.

Working with a customs broker is the best way to ensure that your goods are successfully imported and that you are not overcharged in duties or taxes.
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Logistics FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

It is because the primary market is in demand.  Usually from Dec through April for imports, is a “slow season”  and business slows down after Christmas.  However from mid-January through early February there is an upsurge of cargo moving.   This usually keeps rates high as there is always space problems for cargo getting on vessels.  From May through November this would be the “peak season” where there is a big demand for cargo moving into the U.S., so the Carriers raise the rates during this period, with the GRI (general rate increase), and PSS (peak season surcharge).
Also, another  factor is fuel, or what is called the Bunker Fuel factor.  This is a floating surcharge that the Carrier’s can change when oil prices rise or fall. It is called the BAF.

You can contact Bray Brokerage to receive this information. Call 301-404-3202

Freight payments are a collection of processes that can be thought of in general terms as an accounts payable service for transportation invoices.  Freight payment services providers, such as a 3PL, act as the intermediary between the shipper and the carrier to receive, process, and pay invoices.  Every company is different so some processes may vary slightly, but typically invoices are sent directly to the freight payment provider by the carriers.  Upon receipt of the invoices the following processes are usually included in a quality freight payment solution.

Invoice Receipt – Carriers submit invoices to the intermediary (such as a 3PL) in a variety of formats for processing.  Typical methods include manual invoices sent via the mail or email and electronic invoices sent via EDI.

Invoice Validation –  Upon receipt of invoices, the logistics services provider will validate and audit each invoice to make sure that the invoices have not been previously processed (duplicates), are the shipper’s responsibility to pay (billed correctly), and include proper/necessary documentation.  Additional shipper specific validations are frequently included in this process such as the validation of bill of lading or purchase order numbers against a shipper’s internal data sets.