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A customs broker is a private sector professional, who is licensed by the Timor-Leste Customs Authority to act on behalf of an importer or exporter in the clearance of their shipments. In accordance with Timor-Leste Customs Code, customs brokers are licensed after they complete a period of technical training, successfully pass a final exam, and submit a security deposit. This deposit may range from $10,000 to $40,000 for individuals, and up to $150,000 for companies.

The primary role of the customs broker is to help ensure that your shipment meets all import or export requirements as mandated by law. This can include ensuring that the correct paperwork has been lodged, and duties, taxes and relevant fees have all been paid. In doing so, your broker will electronically submit your “Goods Declaration”, also known as “Declaracao Aduaneira Unica” (DAU), to use within ASYCUDA World. You can learn more about ASYCUDA World here.

When to use a Customs Broker

A customs broker is usually required when you do not have the knowledge and skills to correctly make a commercial declaration to us yourself. In doing so, you need to fully understand what documents or permits may be required, and how to classify your goods using the Harmonized System (HS) code. Failure to submit your declaration correctly may result in us issuing you with a financial penalty.

In addition, you will require access to ASYCUDA World so you can make the electronic declaration yourself. As with customs brokers, you may also be required to submit a minimum-security deposit of $10,000.

What is the role of a Customs Broker?

Below is a list of tasks commonly undertaken by customs brokers:

  • Obtain required information, documents, and authorizations.
  • Classify your goods using the Harmonized System code (tariff).
  • Prepare and submit an electronic goods declaration through ASYCUDA World.
  • Represent you, and act on your behalf, if we or other government agencies need to inspect your goods.
  • Organize with other entities, such as stevedore companies, for your goods to be made available for inspection (where necessary).
  • Pay relevant duties, taxes, and other charges on your behalf.
  • Collect your goods on your behalf from the Port or private storage and get them delivered to the place of your choice.

What documentation should I submit to my Customs Broker?

Below is a list of documents commonly required by customs brokers:

  • Commercial invoice (the invoice supplied by the seller of the goods at the time
    of sale)
  • Packing list
  • Bill of Lading or Airway Bill
  • Any permits or licenses required (dependent of type of goods)

Prior to handing these documents over to your customs broker, you must check them for accuracy. You are responsible for the submission of true and accurate
documentation, and failure to do so may result in us issuing a penalty or taking other action against you.

Customs Broker Directory

You can access and download a list of existing licensed Customs Brokers here.

Contact Details
President of the Brokers Association
Hilario Correia Barros
(+670) 7725098
Vice President of the Brokers Association
Zeca Guterres
(+670) 77258920
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