POA (Power of Attorney), FPOA (Foreign Power of Attorney)

A customs power of attorney is a legal instrument by which a principal (importer) grants certain powers and authority in favor of an agent (customs broker). Essentially, the customs power of attorney authorizes your forwarder to act on your behalf when dealing with customs.

A Power of Attorney and a Foreign Power of Attorney are usually the same document, but will be filled out differently based on the location of the Importer of Record (if registered in the USA, then POA; if registered outside the USA, then FPOA).