3 04, 2019

Calculating Landed Costs: Tips and Tricks

By | 2019-04-03T15:05:19+00:00 April 3rd, 2019|Forms and Documents|

Running an import business is a rewarding undertaking, but getting all the pieces in order can take some trial and error. One factor of importing that frequently takes newcomers by surprise (and annoys long-timers) is the sheer unpredictability of landed costs. Landed costs don’t have to be an unpredictable monster [...]

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 [...]

19 09, 2018

Cargo Insurance: Do You Need The Extra Protection?

By | 2018-09-19T14:54:18+00:00 September 19th, 2018|Forms and Documents, Ocean Cargo|

Like it or not, whether you’re shipping by land, sea or air, there’s always a possibility that your cargo will be damaged along the way. There’s no way of completely guaranteeing safe cargo. You can’t control natural disasters, weather anomalies, human error, or, if you’re unlucky, dishonest shippers. Just a [...]

22 08, 2018

Navigating Temporary Imports: ATA Carnet

By | 2018-10-24T14:04:55+00:00 August 22nd, 2018|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

Temporary imports, while generally not what most people would think of when they think about imports, are a key kind of import that allows companies and professionals to bring in samples, equipment, and prototypes without being charged duty they otherwise would have to pay. Because a temporary import will not [...]

1 08, 2018

Customs Brokerage: What You Need To Know About Continuous And Single Entry Bonds

By | 2018-08-01T14:11:26+00:00 August 1st, 2018|Forms and Documents|

Commercial importing can feel like a sea of paperwork. Declarations, invoices, permits, bonds… trying to navigate every aspect of clearing customs on your own can feel like you’re swimming against the current. Luckily, customs brokers are experts in everything to do with clearing your shipments. In order to clear up [...]

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