With over 90% of goods being imported via German ports and airports, the vast majority of goods are passing through the borders without checks. However, if a control does take place, the lack of know-how can cost a lot of time and money. The specially trained team of Porath Customs Agents can support you to keep costs and time loss to a minimum. Find out more

This is what Porath is about

Whether importing or exporting: For questions about the customs, Porath Customs Agents is your contact. As a full service agency we will advise individually and always offer the right solution - so your global supply chains at the national borders are not stalled. Discover the comprehensive range of services from Porath and convince yourself to one of the largest independent providers of european customs solutions of top quality! More information

10 reasons for choosing Porath

  1. Expertise in customs Management
  2. Expertise in customs and tax law
  3. Expert advice from personal customer relations experts
  4. Family-run company and neutral Partner
  5. Local presence – four locations
  6. Partner network in Europe and China
  7. Transparent working and IT processes
  8. Fast and reliable processing
  9. High security through guarantees and customs deferment accounts
  10. Extensive additional services


This is what Porath is about

10 reasons for choosing Porath

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Easy and accurate clearance of imported and exported goods: As a professional customs agent, Porath Customs Agents handle all customs formalities. read more...

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Concentrate on your core business, and outsource your customs clearance: Porath Customs Agents is a full-service agency. At our customers’ request, we can take over the entire customs management. read more...

Porath Customs Agents - Experts in customs processing

Porath Customs Agents GmbH is your highly competent partner for all of your questions and solutions for everything to do with customs. We are not a member of any group of companies and are a neutral service provider with many years of experience – which means that we can find the right solutions to fit your needs for customs processing, and also in other areas. Porath Customs Agents is present in four locations in Germany and Poland and has a dependable network of partners in Europe and China. We make sure that your orders are executed in full compliance with the law and other regulations.

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Today, international customs processing is undergoing constant innovative changes for data collection and transfer. Porath Customs Agents is always up to date and develops its own IT interfaces to process your orders as simply and verifiably as possible. We would be happy to tell you about our end-to-end range of services for pan-European customs solutions.

As our customer you benefit from our strengths: You always have a direct contact person in the Porath Team – irrespective of whether the order or the papers have been passed on to a different location in the mean time. We are independent of any specific group of companies and work neutrally – which means that as a service provider Porath Customs Agents always selects the partner that fits perfectly to our customers needs. We attach great value to automated processing in order to keep our customers’ administrative expenses as low as possible, and also to allow secure and rapid processing without delays.

What Porath Customs Agents offers

At Porath Customs Agents you can find end-to-end services for everything to do with customs processing for imports, exports and transit. We offer effective solutions which are based on our long-standing experience and state-of-the-art IT systems:

  • Customs processing: Our experts are top-quality exports in the day-to-day business of importing and exporting goods. We prepare all of the documents that our customers need, and take over all of the processing steps required for customs.
  • Fiscal representation: Porath Customs Agents is a registered fiscal representative and can thus work on behalf of customers who neither have their registered office or a branch in Germany.
  • Consulting: You benefit from our specialist knowledge. Our team of experts can provide you with end-to-end advice on all of the key specialist issues for everything to do with customers. Of course we support you when implementing the results of our consulting work.
  • IT interfaces: Porath Customs Agents’ state-of-the-art customs processing systems mean that you always have an overview of your order’s status. If requested, our experts ensure that there are effective connections via a link with your company’s software systems.
  • Customs warehouse: You need a customs warehouse to place your goods in temporary storage during imports or transit without import duties being charged – ordering this is complex and we are happy to take this over for you as a professional outsourcer. In addition, we can also fully manage and organise your customs warehouse as an outsourcer.
  • Organisation of customs controls: Porath Customs Agents provides you with support for all of your customs inspections needs. We provide you with advice on your rights and obligations. If requested, we can take over communications with the customs authorities, organise transfer of the goods, represent you for customs inspections, control the customs findings, and much more.

Porath Customs Agents: A state-of-the-art company

Be it the Customs Code, the VAT Act or anti-dumping directives – the team at Porath masters all of the relevant national and European laws and legal standards. Our 50 employees are always up-to-date with regard to the regulations. Our experts are also right up to the minute when it comes to IT developments.

Porath Customs Agents is a company with a great deal of tradition and vision

Our company was formed in 1985 in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt (warehouse district) by Jürgen Porath, a shipping specialist. Back then, the Porath shipping company was still involved in transporting goods, however it quickly focused on our core business – customs processing. Jürgen’s son, Thorsten Porath, joined the company in 1992. He was appointed as managing director in 1996. The company changed its name to Porath GmbH Zolldeklaranten, and moved to Hamburg’s Überseezentrum. After the death of his parents, Thorsten Porath became the sole managing partner in 2003. This means that Porath GmbH is 100% family owned and is a neutral partner that is not dependant on any group of companies. In 2004 the company centralised its two Hamburg offices in Windhukkai.

Porath opened an air freight branch at Frankfurt Airport in 2006. The office in Bremerhaven was opened two years later. As a result of the strong demand, Porath formed a wholly-owned subsidiary Porath Customs Agents Sp. Z.o.o. in Poland, headquartered in the harbour town of Gdynia in 2011. The company’s name also changed in 2012 when it expanded into Poland: The company is now called Porath Customs Agents GmbH.

The Hamburg-based, family-run company is now one of the leading customs agencies in Germany and Poland. Porath Customs Agents’ customers include international trading companies, shipping companies and logistics service providers as well as industrial companies with international operations. The customs agency cooperates closely together with reliable and neutral partners in Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Switzerland and China. Our network of partners is growing constantly – and with it the competences the Porath team offers.
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Everything you need to know about the impending G20 closures in the Hamburg Harbor on July 7/8, 2017

The Porath company will keep you current on all news concerning the G20 and its impact on the harbor: Port management is expecting fallout from the highly-charged G20 summit in Hamburg, as some summit protestors have threatened to block the harbor. The “Hamburger Abendblatt” (the local newspaper) has prepared a map to help you get read more…


Regulation for long-term supplier notification is to be simplified

The application of the regulations for the issuance of long term supplier’s declaration under the EU Customs Code leads currently to a rather complicated implementation in practice. The European Commission has launched an initiative to amend the Implementing Act (UZK-IA, Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2447), which aims, inter alia, to make this scheme more economic-friendly. According read more…


Petra Herrmann new managing director of the European Customs Network

Petra Herrmann swapped positions as CEO of Siemens Windpower to customs and export service provider company Porath Customs Agents from Hamburg. The 52-year old manager had since 2014 been working as Head of Export Control and Customs for the Danish Siemens Windpower A/S after previously occupied positions at Panasonic Europe, Delphi Automotive, Hewlett Packard and read more…