What is the Importance of a Customs Broker?

Whether you are planning to import items to your country or export items out of your country, you will need to go through the customs clearance process. If you are about to start an import or export business, you need to have a clear idea of what customs clearance is all about. In this article, we will share what customs clearance is and we will also be highlighting its importance.

What is customs clearance?

This is where you will need to get the items officially passed through the customs authorities. The customs authorities will ask you to pay a duty depending on the nature of the item that you import or export. Then you can receive permission to proceed with cargo movement. After you go through the customs clearance process, the customs authorities will go ahead and provide you with a document. It will include clear information about the duties that you paid and all other relevant information.

Instead of going through the customs clearance process on your own, you may think about seeking the assistance of a genuine customs broker. 20Cube’s Customs Brokers Melbourne is a perfect example of such a customs broker. You just need to hand over the work to a customs clearance broker, while you can focus on other important areas of your business.

The importance of customs clearance services

Regardless of the nature of your business, it would not be a good idea to go through the customs clearance process on your own. If you try to spend too much time and effort on customs clearance, you will not be able to pay a lot of attention to the important aspects of your business. The following are the benefits of working with customs brokers.

Get a customized service

The customs broker you select will provide you with a bespoke service. You can get your customs broker to understand the specific needs you have. Then it is possible to ask the customs broker to provide an appropriate service to you.

Get professional consultation

Another great thing about working with a customs broker is the ability to get professional consultation services. If you are new to the customs clearance process, you will have to deal with numerous doubtful situations. Instead of taking a risk, it would be a good idea to ask for professional guidance and go ahead. This will help you to save time as well as money in the long run.

Get help with the entire customs clearance process

The customs broker will be able to provide the assistance that you require throughout the customs clearance process. For example, you can expect your customs broker to help you with document verification, appropriate identification of goods, and even convenient clearance. You just need to work along with the customs broker, whereas your broker will get most of the work done for you.

Start working with the best customs clearance broker

Now you are aware of the importance of working with a customs clearance broker. While keeping these facts in mind, you may go ahead and start working with the most reliable customs clearance broker out there. The customs broker can even help you with avoiding unnecessary expenses. You can also keep peace of mind as you will be receiving regular updates from the broker.

A Successful Launch

Think back to the last movie you went to see. Did you know something about the movie before it opened in theaters? You bet you did. The movie studios made sure of that. You see, the movie studios are masters of pre-launch marketing, which includes building buzz and anticipation for their movie. They make sure you see intriguing clips well ahead of the opening date. They team up with joint venture partners (like fast food restaurants) to hand out related toys and figurines.

They also make sure the top reviewers and a few select customers see the movie well ahead of time and start building that buzz. If they’ve done their job, on opening day, they’ll have lines of people stretching around the block at theaters everywhere.

Now imagine instead if they didn’t start advertising their movies until the day the movie opened. For the first time, potential customers would see TV ads. On that day, the movie studios would be scrambling to get reviewers for the movie. There would be no advanced screenings. There would be no trailers on the Internet.

End result? No massive push, no pre-launch buzz… and so, no lines of customers stretching around the block.That wouldn’t be a very smart way to market a movie, would it ? Of course not.

And yet, all around the Internet, people think it IS a smart way to market their own products. The day they launch their product is the very first day their prospects are exposed to any type of advertising or marketing. Instead of launching the product with a huge bang and a fresh burst of word-of-mouth buzz, the product launch fizzles like fireworks in a rainstorm.

Obviously, it’s important to get your product launches off with a bang.

Then, Once you get the product launch rolling, it’s like a snowball rolling down the hill – it only gets bigger and bigger.

Here are two important keys that should build the framework of your entire pre-launch:Your pre-launch should be entertaining and it should be an event.

Blue Man Group Launches First Theatrical Tour of North America

Blue Man Group has been around since the late 1980′s. They have shows in New York, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Las Vegas, Germany, Japan, and Sweden. They also have a production running on a Norwegian Cruise Line.

The trio of blue skinned, earless, speechless, alopecia suffers have appeared in dozens of commercials and television shows as well as numerous high profile live events.

However, they are most famous for and will always be famous for one thing: being on Arrested Development.

On the hilarious but ill-fated Fox sitcom, the character Tobias Fnke-the first licensed “analrapist” (a combination of analyst and therapist)-tried to join the Blue Man Group. He mistakenly believed it was a support group for depressed men.

As a result, Fnke spent most of the second season in a blue hue. The makeup, which stretched from his head to his toes, was constantly getting onto everything. And in a hilarious contradiction of the aforementioned description, Fnke wore glasses and failed to shave off his bushy moustache.

Arrested Development is a cult classic. Separating one’s self from such a thing is quite difficult, but if anyone can do it, it’s The Blue Man Group.

The creative organization launched their first ever theatrical tour on Sept. 14, 2010 in Dallas, Texas. Prior to that, the show played in Fayetteville, Arkansas for about a week.

The tour will visit nearly 40 cities culminating with a multi-week stand at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, California.

Tickets are currently on sale for a majority of shows.

The tour features stuff from their current productions as well as brand new stuff created just for this outing.

Traditionally, Blue Man Group shows are a cross between a rock concert and a theater show. Their act utilizes music, comedy, and multimedia elements. The trio is accompanied on stage by a live band.

“We can’t wait to show the country what we’ve been working on. This show combines Vegas-sized production values and spectacle with the intimate Off-Broadway experience for which we are best known,” says Chris Wink, Blue Man Group co-founder.

Some of the new features fans can expect to see are a proscenium-sized LED curtain and a high-resolution screen. The traveling production also employs new sets and a new sound design.

Aspects of the show that haven’t changed are the good times and the audience participation.

“Our show is really more about the collective experience of the audience. It’s about all of us embracing a sense of wonder and discovery, and celebrating together rather than passively viewing a performance,” explains co-founder Phil Stanton.

The Blue Man Group was founded by Phil Stanton, Chris Wink, and Matt Goldman in 1987 in Manhattan. The trio’s first show, Tubes, was well-received by both critics and audiences and eventually earned them an Obie Award (bestowed by the Village Voice to off-Broadway theater groups and performers). That show is still running at the Astor Place Theatre. The group’s first show outside of New York opened in Boston at the Charles Playhouse in 1995.

In addition to their theatrical shows, the Blue Man Group has also released several albums and performance DVD’s. A full-length 3-D movie starring the Blue Man Group is scheduled for release at IMAX theaters in 2011.