15 08, 2019

Temporary Import Bonds and U.S. Trade Shows

By | 2019-08-15T20:28:20+00:00 August 15th, 2019|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

Trade shows can bring many new and unique challenges for businesses. Whether you’re an experienced importer/exporter or not, participating in a trade show can leave you scratching your head. You may have heard that using a temporary import bond is the right way to go, but what exactly does that [...]

9 08, 2019

How Long Does It Take To Get Through Customs?

By | 2019-08-09T18:32:09+00:00 August 9th, 2019|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

We don’t think there’s anyone in this world who enjoys going through customs. Sure, the excitement of traveling can sometimes ease the pain, but most people would like to get it over with as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, going through customs simply takes as long as it takes and there’s [...]

21 06, 2019

Border bonds: Single Entry vs Continuous Bonds

By | 2019-06-21T14:58:00+00:00 June 21st, 2019|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

Navigating commercial importing is like battling a sea of paperwork. Declarations, invoices, permits, border bonds… trying to navigate every aspect of clearing customs on your own can feel like you’re swimming against the current. In order to clear up some of the confusion around customs procedures, we’re going over two [...]

14 06, 2019

ISF Filing: What is the 10+2?

By | 2019-06-14T14:23:27+00:00 June 14th, 2019|Forms and Documents|

First introduced in 2009 and fully in effect since 2010, ISF filing is a crucial part of any importing any cargo coming into the United States by ocean carrier. While ISF has no bearing on your cargo’s admissibility and does not generally influence trade enforcement, US Customs and Border Protection [...]

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. [...]

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? [...]

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 [...]

14 02, 2019

The 25-Year Rule: Antique Car Imports

By | 2019-03-13T16:12:00+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 [...]

30 01, 2019

Customs Compliance: Power of Attorney

By | 2019-03-13T16:12:00+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 [...]

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