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17 05, 2019

All You Need To Know About Tobacco Importation

By | 2019-05-17T16:03:10+00:00 May 17th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

The United States is one of the biggest tobacco importers in the world, competing with European and Asian tobacco importing powerhouses for a spot in the top 15. Americans love foreign cigars, imported cigarettes, and duty-free tobacco. In spite of — or perhaps as a response to — their popularity, [...]

9 05, 2019

What Is My US Customs Allowance?

By | 2019-05-09T14:03:31+00:00 May 9th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

You’ve been away on a vacation, and now you’re returning to the United States with goods and gifts. Depending on just how much you’re planning to bring back, the impending duty could be pretty steep… but it shouldn’t be a big deal, because you were out of the country for [...]

2 05, 2019

LCL vs FCL: Which Shipment Type is Right for You?

By | 2019-05-02T15:08:21+00:00 May 2nd, 2019|Ocean Cargo|

The logistics of getting your goods from supplier to warehouse is a big part of importing. Sea, air, or land, insured or uninsured, LCL or FCL — you have a lot of decisions to make. How do you know what’s right for you? Your customs broker partner — that's us — can [...]

25 04, 2019

Starting an Import Business: Tips and Tricks

By | 2019-04-25T14:08:11+00:00 April 25th, 2019|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

Maybe you’re looking to expand your offering — maybe you’re looking for your next challenge. You might have gotten the idea from a business partner, seen it work for another company, or maybe you’re just curious about it. No matter what, starting an import business seems like a good idea. [...]

17 04, 2019

The Lowdown on Free Trade Agreements

By | 2019-04-17T15:19:53+00:00 April 17th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

Free trade has changed the world. Post-WW2, America became a world leader in tearing down previous trade barriers and building new trade relationships. Even the European Union was born from a free trade agreement — the EU’s original incarnation was the European Coal and Steel Community, which was established in [...]

10 04, 2019

American Exports and Imports: A Whole Lot of Cars

By | 2019-04-10T15:55:53+00:00 April 10th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

The United States is a giant in the world of international trade. From pioneering the use of tariffs to being a leader in free trade, the American impact on exports and import in the modern day can’t be understated. It’s no surprise, then, that the United States is one of [...]

27 03, 2019

Import Fees: Who Pays Tariffs?

By | 2019-03-27T17:51:20+00:00 March 27th, 2019|Forms and Documents|

Tariffs always seem to be on the mind lately. New tariffs being imposed, old tariffs being renegotiated, tariffs as a good thing, tariffs as a bad thing… ...But who has to pay all these tariffs? How do you even know what goods are subject to tariffs in the first place? [...]

21 03, 2019

A Hairy Situation: Importing Human Hair

By | 2019-03-21T16:14:20+00:00 March 21st, 2019|U.S. Customs|

While once a niche market that primarily served Jewish Orthodox women who needed to uphold their modesty and those subject to hair loss because of illness, the popularity of real human hair has exploded. The collapse of the Soviet Union cut off the primary source for human hair prior to [...]

13 03, 2019

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

By | 2019-03-13T16:11:59+00:00 March 13th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

Did you know that over half of all cargo (by value) imported into the United States comes from companies enrolled in one program? While only seven companies were enrolled when it launched, in the years since, enrollment numbers have reached over 11,400. It may be voluntary, but it’s a huge [...]

6 03, 2019

The Reasonable Care Checklist

By | 2019-03-13T16:11:59+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Forms and Documents|

You’ve gone over all your documents… you think. You’ve got the right tariff codes… you’re pretty sure. You haven’t forgotten anything… right? Maybe not, but maybe you have, and unless you’re using a Reasonable Care Checklist, you have no way of knowing. Not watching your Reasonable Care duties doesn’t just [...]

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