Using Importer of Record Service to Import Goods to Southeast Asia

Import goods into Southeast Asia even without any import licenses.

Import regulations in emerging markets are difficult to navigate. It is not uncommon in these markets for laws to change frequently or be unclear. An importer of record service to import goods to Southeast Asia offers a simple and comprehensive solution to manage imports.

An importer of record will ensure that your shipments can enter the country without any issues. Keep reading to learn how an importer of record can help you when you import goods into Southeast Asia.

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    What is an importer of record?

    An importer of record is an entity who oversees imports on behalf of another party.

    A common misconception is that all you need to send large shipments overseas is an international courier service. However, it is only responsible for bringing the shipment from one country to another. You will need a local consignee with the necessary licenses to get your shipment into the country and to your door.

    How importer of record works


      Ship your products with your selected shipping company. Emerhub can also arrange the pick-up and shipment of your products.


      Once your shipment arrives in the destination country, we will facilitate customs clearance.

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      We will deliver the goods to your local address.

    Watch this video to learn more about what Emerhub does as your importer of record in Southeast Asia.

    Six Main Benefits of Using an Importer of Record Service

    #1 Start importing into any country in Southeast Asia immediately

    In most countries in Southeast Asia, you need licenses or permits to import goods. Getting import licenses in emerging markets in Southeast Asia often takes months. This delays the start of operations for many new businesses.

    With an importer of record, you can start importing right away. The importer of record will act as your local consignee. You will use their import licenses instead of applying or waiting for your own.

    #2 Ensure compliance with local import regulations and laws

    Learning about the import laws in a foreign country is a time-consuming task. But with an importer of record, you won’t need to have a deep understanding of that country’s local laws.

    Your importer of record will be responsible for your shipment. That includes compliance with local laws. Emerhub will make sure to comply with local import laws in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, and other countries in Southeast Asia.

    #3 Smooth and seamless customs clearance

    Your importer of record will also make sure that customs authorities will clear your shipment. It is not uncommon for shipments to get stuck in customs. Part of the responsibilities of an importer of record is preventing this from happening.

    If you have goods stuck in customs in Indonesia, Emerhub can help you. Fill out the form below to get in touch with our consultants. We will help you get your shipment through Indonesian customs.

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    Goods successfully imported to Indonesia using Emerhub’s IOR service

    #4 Door to door delivery service

    An importer of record will also deliver your shipment to the final delivery destination. Emerhub offers a door to door delivery service where we arrange the following among others:

    • Pick-up
    • Transportation
    • Delivery

    #5 No surprise fees

    Shipping internationally involves several costs. These include:

    • Warehousing fees
    • Customs duties
    • Import taxes
    • Demurrage

    As your importer of record, Emerhub will calculate all expenses relevant to your shipment. As such, there will be no unexpected costs. We will charge a flat fee which will include all expenses.

    #6 Focus on your core business

    Importing goods is a time-consuming process. Importing involves understanding the local import regulations and preparing necessary documents. You will also need to arrange the transportation and shipping of the goods. Finally, you need to deal with import taxes, customs processes, and getting the shipment to its final destination.

    By outsourcing this task to an importer of record, you can free up your time to focus on the core aspects of your business. Emerhub can help you import your goods into Asia’s biggest emerging markets. Get in touch with our consultants by filling out the form below.

    Importer of record service in Southeast Asia

    Emerhub can facilitate the entry of your goods into the biggest emerging markets in Southeast Asia and Pakistan.

    Importer of record in Indonesia

    To import goods into Indonesia, you will need to set up a company and apply for an import license. Registering your business and getting the import license can take several months. Additionally, you will need additional documents to import certain goods. For example, IT equipment or medical devices.

    With Emerhub as your importer of record in Indonesia, you can start importing right away. Emerhub has an extensive network of import companies in Indonesia. Our team in Jakarta can help you start importing into Indonesia without import licenses. We can also help you get your goods out of customs in Indonesia.

    Get in touch with us through [email protected] or by filling out the form below.

    Importer of record in Bali

    Bali follows the same import regulations and laws as the rest of Indonesia. Get in touch with Emerhub Bali to import directly into Bali. Fill out the form below or send an email to [email protected].

    Importer of record in Vietnam

    Vietnam has one of the fastest-growing economies. To import into Vietnam, you will need:

    • Investment registration certificate
    • Business registration certificate
    • Trading license (if selling directly to consumers)

    Start importing goods into Vietnam without the certificates or licenses mentioned above. Emerhub can act as your importer of record in Vietnam. Get in touch with our team in Vietnam by filling out the form below or emailing [email protected]

    Importer of record in the Philippines

    To import goods into the Philippines, you must establish a company and apply for an import permit. Goods imported into the Philippines are subject to tax duties. Further, some products, such as alcohol or jewelry, are subject to additional taxes.

    Our consultants in the Philippines will help you get your goods into the Philippines. We will also advise you regarding relevant taxes and expenses. Contact our Philippine office by filling out the form below. Alternatively, you can send us an email at [email protected]

    Importer of record in Pakistan

    To apply for an import license in Pakistan, you must first establish a company. Having an import license is not compulsory in Pakistan and any registered company can import goods into the country. However, having an import license makes the process faster and easier.Alternatively, Emerhub can act as your importer of record in Pakistan. Fill out the form below or send an email to [email protected] to get started.

    Let's grow your business in Southeast Asia

    Emerhub has years of experience with importer of record in Southeast Asia.

    Get in touch with Emerhub by filling in the form below and our consultants will reach out to you within a few working hours.

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    Very helpful at every stage of the company registration process

    Alex, Tran, and Ha were very helpful at every single stage of our company registration process. They took their time to explain, to translate, and help to select the appropriate options for our activity.

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    Vietnam National Representative, IC Pharma


    The team is fantastic!
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    Responsible and very supportive

    Collaboration with Emerhub Vietnam has been excellent at all times. Responsible, fast-acting and very supportive concerning the whole ongoing process. We highly appreciate working together with Emerhub and are able to recommend it with pleasure. Here I have to name Thinh Phat Tran for great service, many thanks!

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