If you’re a US importer, no matter the scale of your business, it’s more likely than not that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will audit your operations and your transactional compliance at some point. They may look for a history of compliance errors, poorly defined and documented internal control procedures, [...]
Imagine speeding your way through customs. Believe it or not, as unattainable as it may seem to travel your way through customs at a respectable speed—especially post 9-11, and especially for new businesses—with time, patience, and the help of a qualified customs broker, you’d be surprised how simple it can [...]
Even though there’s no law that says you need to hire a customs broker to get clearance for your goods, there’s a reason so many do. The fact is, navigating import brokerage can be intimidating no matter who you are. Not only is there a lot to learn, but the [...]
Commercial customs brokers exist to facilitate international trade and to oversee your affairs with an efficient, effective, and hassle-free strategy in place. Licensed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it’s a customs broker’s job to make sure that importers and exporters meet federal requirements for international shipments. They’re responsible for [...]
The Importer Security Filing (ISF filing) applies to all incoming cargo to the United States by Ocean Vessel. ISF filing was first introduced in 2009 and officially went into effect late in 2010. ISF was put in place for targeting and security purposes only and does not necessarily effect trade enforcement or admissibility of your cargo however US. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will compare data filed with your customs entry to assess risk.
It’s basic knowledge that when you’re entering or returning to the US from a foreign country with goods you purchased or received while away, you need to declare them to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Basic, right? The reality is that bringing goods into the US for resale can [...]
Under the Trump administration, it’s hard to deny that the worlds’ landscape is changing as far as border controls and business relationships go. Historically, the border between the US and Canada has been a pretty uneventful one. But that relative lack of drama at the border can’t be taken for [...]
If you want your imports to see success in today’s global import marketplace, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of international trade—like knowing your way around customs clearance: entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for imported merchandise. Not exactly a [...]