The film industry also needs customs brokers


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It’s no secret that film production is an international affair. Take James Cameron’s “Avatar,” which has been remastered and re-released in theaters. The 2009 blockbuster was shot in California, Hawaii and New Zealand, and the film’s signature floating mountains included footage from China’s Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. Cameron’s next sequel, “Avatar: Way of Water,” was also an international project, with locations in the United States and New Zealand.

But touring the world is also about shipping stuff around the world, and that’s where customs brokers like Olivia Van Dyke come in.

Van Dyke is the CEO of Film Logic Customs Brokers, which, as the name suggests, caters to Hollywood. “We ship camera gear, we ship props, wardrobe, sound equipment,” Van Dyke said. “Right now we have an account where we regularly ship horses.”

For Van Dyke, timing is one of the biggest challenges in managing imports for the entertainment industry.

“The productions operate on a very strict schedule. And right now, there are so many delays, so many challenges, and just making sure that we don’t fail production by delaying an entire day’s shoot that costs hundreds of thousands of dollars,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure.”

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