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Broker Distributor

A type of Independent Distributor that works in a “Just in Time” (JIT) environment. Customers contact the Broker Distributor with requirements identifying the part number, quantity, target price, and date required. The Broker Distributor searches the industry and locates parts that meet the target price and other Customer requirements. Broker Distributors do not have contractual agreements or obligations with OCMs.

Source: SAE Aerospace Standard AS6081 Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition – Distributors

Companies/individuals engaged in the marketing of electronic parts, often scarce parts. Brokers frequently do not actually possess in inventory the parts being sought, but act as “middle men” to arrange the sale of the part from a third party.

Source: Defense Industrial Base Assessment: Counterfeit Electronics prepared by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Technology Evaluation