Importer of Record (IOR) Services
Mouse & Bear Solutions has provided professional Importer of Record (also called IOR) services for IT equipment, and technology hardware and goods for many years, in over 160 countries worldwide. Acting for your business as an international Importer of Record, you can import your technology hardware on a global scale, meeting all global trade and import compliance requirements.
The international shipping of IT equipment is highly regulated and can involve complex processes, which is why you need specialist support. With the knowledge and expertise gained through many years’ experience providing Importer of Record services, the Mouse & Bear team can navigate your technology goods through the preparations of international import and export documents and customs procedures, including temporary imports and exports.
With our help, you can rely on fast, efficient and reliable importing and exporting of IT equipment to many countries around the world.
What is an Importer of Record?
“Importer of Record” is a term used in customs law. When a supply chain involves the import of goods across international borders, most governments require your company to have an established business or other legal entity in the country to take responsibility for conducting the import and export transactions.
The IOR is often the owner or purchaser of the imported goods, but it can also be a properly authorised agent or legal entity in the destination country if the end-user doesn't want to be involved in getting it there.
The benefits of using an IOR service
As your company plans its strategy for importing goods, it's important to know the benefits and potential cost-saving of using an IOR service.
Avoid import complications and expense
If your company doesn't have a physical presence in the country of import, this can cause you many unwanted complications and expenses. And even if you do, the personnel in country may not have the required customs knowledge or accreditations to complete the entire customs compliance requirements and follow the correct procedures.
These are often complicated processes in the local language with the requirement for a person to be physically present within the Customs offices to complete and submit the relevant documents.
An Importer of Record service such as ours can act on your company's behalf as the officially recognised legal entity.
An IOR has responsibility for:
- ensuring import compliance with the import regulations in that country
- payment of the relevant taxes, duties and other fees for the imported goods
- filing the correct documentation, permits and licencing
Helping you with import permits and licensing
Many countries require an application and approval of an import license to import goods, not dissimilar to the requirement of applying for an entry visa to enter a country, for instance an ESTA for the US or a tourist visa for Vietnam. Depending on the country, the application for an import license will have to be done locally, either via a paper application in the local language or via an online portal by the importer of record.
- Documentation compliance checks, import permits and licensing
- Clear shipments through the relevant customs channels
- All customs clearance charges and levies pre-paid on your behalf
- Perform the last-mile delivery to the end user
- Shipment status reports
- Storage solutions
- Temporary imports / temporary exports - navigating your IT hardware through customs procedures for temporary imports and exports, e.g. for repair.
An Importer of Record guide for your own use
You can download a guide to our IOR services for your own use. Click here to view, download or print a pdf version. If you'd prefer a non-branded version that you can send to your own customers to explain IOR services and processes, please contact us.