What is indirect representation and why use this service?

What is indirect representation?

An indirect representative is an entity that represents the importer and becomes jointly liable for the import formalities, including duties and taxes, at clearance. An increasing number of importers are being told that they need indirect representation to clear their goods.

When is an indirect representative required?

An indirect representative is typically required when the importer doesn’t have a physical presence in the destination country and at import, a registered local company is required to appear on the import documents. For example, a business based in the US is looking to sell its goods on Amazon France but has no registered business in France (or the EU). To import the goods, an indirect representative (with an EU entity) is required to clear the goods. 

Most freight companies are not happy to act in this capacity due to becoming jointly liable and will request an indirect representative, such as Fiscal IOR, to take on the responsibility. 

Indirect representation has been available for decades but has become far more prevalent since Brexit. For example, if you’re shipping goods from the UK to Germany, as the importer, there are three options available to clear the goods: 

  1. The end client acts as the Importer of Record (IOR). This is the most straightforward approach, however, large marketplaces such as Amazon or third-party logistics companies will not act as the IOR. They don’t want to be accountable for the import duties or taxes nor appear on the import documents.
  2. The importer sets up a subsidiary company in the EU to act as the IOR. This can be costly, time-consuming, and create further admin work for the shipper.
  3. The importer finds an indirect representative, such as Fiscal IOR, to clear the goods.

Indirect representation from Fiscal IOR

Fiscal IOR provide a comprehensive indirect representation service that enables you to clear goods into the EU and UK. For us to act as your indirect representative, the following requirements must be met:

  1. The shipper must have a valid EU EORI number linked to your business address
  2. The shipper must have a valid VAT number for the destination country linked to its business address
  3. Comply with due diligence and provide calculated guarantee/deposit as security
  4. Have confirmation from the freight forwarder/shipping company that they can clear the goods with Fiscal IOR acting as your indirect representative

Our sister company Fiscal Solutions can assist with VAT and EORI registration as well as import vat reclaims.

Why choose Fiscal IOR?

We are experts with customs representation and helping clients clear goods into the EU and beyond. By choosing Fiscal IOR as your indirect representative, you will benefit from our:

  • Experienced and knowledgeable team of consultants providing the latest advice, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Be able to liaise with freight forwarders and shipping companies to confirm the process
  • Assistance with submitting the correct paperwork
  • A competitive pricing structure based on the service alone (no requirement to do the brokerage, forwarding or final mile)
  • A quick response to enquiries and questions
  • Ongoing support throughout and after import
  • Able to assist with VAT and EORI set up via our sister company Fiscal Solutions
  • A continually growing network of clients successfully clearing goods via indirect representation

If you’re facing any challenges with the clearance of your goods, please get in touch.

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Call us today on +44 (0)20 7556 1453 or fill in the form below and a member of our team will be in touch.

Working with Fiscal IOR has been fantastic, and to say this has been successful is an understatement. It feels like we are processing orders to the EU like we were prior to Brexit. There are no delays and the goods are delivered quickly. Fiscal IOR are great to work with, responsive, and super helpful. Huge thanks to Francesca and Harry for making the process so easy!

Tanya Kayim
Head of Customer Service

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