13 03, 2019

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

By | 2019-03-13T15:13:16+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 | 2019-03-13T15:16:11+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 [...]

28 02, 2019

Importing Security: Blockchain and the CBP

By | 2019-03-13T15:16:28+00:00 February 28th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

While it was once the domain of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, blockchain has seen increasing interest in potential applications outside of the digital currency realm. There is interest in using blockchain for data security, voter verification, medical record management. And for us here at Clearit, blockchain can help in facilitating [...]

20 02, 2019

Tasty, Tasty Imports: Regulating Imported Food

By | 2019-02-20T19:05:10+00:00 February 20th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

Avocados from Mexico. Cherries from Canada. Lamb from New Zealand. Imported candy, foreign condiments, and rare snacks — the average American has developed a truly international palette for imported food. Improvements in the cold chain have led to kitchens being stocked year-round with foods that our great-grandparents would never dream [...]

14 02, 2019

The 25-Year Rule: Antique Car Imports

By | 2019-02-14T17:21:29+00:00 February 14th, 2019|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

The Mitsubishi FTO. The Subaru WRX STI. The Opel Tigra. Beyond being cool cars, these models — and a slew of others — have something in common: they’re only becoming eligible to import this year. This is thanks to a legal clause known as the 25-year rule, which states that certain [...]

6 02, 2019

Customs Compliance: Your Guide to Customs Audits

By | 2019-02-06T15:22:17+00:00 February 6th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

You’ve filed all the right documents. You’ve given your customs broker Power of Attorney. You’ve done everything right, you think — and then comes the notice: you’re being audited by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. What? Before you panic, you should know that despite a not-uncommon misunderstanding, being selected for [...]

30 01, 2019

Customs Compliance: Power of Attorney

By | 2019-01-30T16:17:46+00:00 January 30th, 2019|Forms and Documents|

Customs brokers are regulated and authorized by the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to do our jobs. We’re licensed — we’ve passed all the exams — and we’re professionals, but we don’t actually work for CBP or the federal government. When you, an importer, contact a customs broker, we need [...]

23 01, 2019

Customs Compliance: When and How to File your ISF

By | 2019-01-23T16:30:43+00:00 January 23rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

In 2009, the CBP introduced a new rule detailing requirements for importers dealing with containerized cargo. Developed as a national security measure, the rule requires importers to transmit key pieces of information to the CBP so that the threat of the cargo can be assessed with each shipment. Known as [...]

17 01, 2019

The First-Sale Doctrine

By | 2019-01-17T14:50:00+00:00 January 17th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

January 1, 2019 was an exciting holiday in the United States. We’re not talking about New Years -- January 1st marked Public Domain Day, where published and copyrighted works entered the public domain in America for the first time in over 20 years. This little-understood piece of copyright law means [...]

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