International Trade and Customs Consultancy

International Trade and Customs Consultancy

 NQCS offers a consultancy service where we examine your trade routes and import/export port operations. We provide advice on how to increase efficiencies and help solve our customers business and personal challenges across many market sectors – improving your bottom line.

NQCS provides advice on air and sea freight rates, assistance with customs clearance, freight forwarding, biosecurity requirements, Duty and tax payments, importing and exporting trade routes, tariff advice, cargo packaging, handling, and transport options.

NQCS’s professional services also include a range of services. They include:

  • Electronic initiatives
  • Duty minimisation through a range of mechanisms
  • Duty refunds
  • Rate monitoring and cost saving identification
  • Customs audit assistance and advice
  • Quarantine permit applications and consultancy
  • Comprehensive information database
  • Other tangible benefits

Review of Import Practices

As a starting point, we can undertake a review of import freight forwarding practices. Most shipments fall under CIF or CFR INCOTERMS. This places control of freight costs and shipping schedules in the hands of suppliers. Experience proves that bringing these elements under our customer’s own control is highly likely to deliver savings, increase order visibility, improve shipping schedules, and provide opportunities for automated information and documentation transfer.

If it is identified that a change of INCOTERMS is not the preferred option, NQCS can proactively suggest other service models to increase control of supply earlier in the chain.

NQCS’ technology and our global network of partners enable us to easily manage offshore services and make recommendations for improvements.


Analysing Costs and Data

NQCS can analyse all facets of product and shipment costs so our customers can work out landed costs per item in each shipment. Our customers find this tool invaluable to gauge where and how their import spend is going and where cost savings can be directed.

NQCS can provide our clients with supplier spends, number of containers imported, complete EOFY/monthly breakdowns on expenditure from total wharf infrastructure fees to transport to the distribution centre or branch.

NQCS understands that if landed costs are not correctly accounted for, the true profitability of a stock line can be skewed. It is important to account for all the associated costs such as freight, customs, exchange rate fluctuations, local courier charges, or government duties – as well as the variable nature of some of these costs.

Integrated systems capable of recording landed costs offer extra benefits. They provide a way of tracking the full shipment life cycle, monitoring everything from the initial order through to loading, departure date, arrival and receipt dates, and recording airway bill, vessel and container information.

Seeing and understanding all import-related expenses provides an essential basis for fast and accurate decision making –optimising your inventory investment. But most importantly, understanding your landed costs gives you the power to ensure that every business transaction delivers the margin you want, at a level of investment that is based on fact, not guesswork.


Accounting and Billing Advice

Deferred GST

NQCS can help customers to set up GST deferral through the Australian Taxation Office. NQCS also provides reports including GST, Duty and Customs User Fees payments.

Ability to invoice in various currencies

NQCS has a dedicated AUD and USD account, so can invoice in both AUD and USD.  We are happy to invoice in your preferred currency.


Australian Trusted Trader

The Australian Trusted Trader program is open to all Australian importers, exporters, and businesses within international trade supply chains. For importers, the benefits promoted are fewer Customs interventions, faster processing, and earlier delivery of goods to site. Trusted trader exporters should experience reduced red tape at foreign destinations where Mutual Recognition Agreements exist.

Becoming an ATT requires rigorous internal business process assessment, documentation and record keeping. The cost/benefit for Our customers may be positive in terms of Duty deferral on imports or other streamlined processes. NQCS is happy to assist our customers assess the benefit of the program for your business.


Known Consignor Scheme

All outbound international air cargo, regardless of destination, must be examined at piece-level by a Regulated Air Cargo Agent or originate from a Known Consignor.

NQCS can discuss the cost/benefit of undertaking the Known Consigner accreditation process with Our customers in relation to the Scheme.