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 [...]

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 [...]

12 12, 2018

What is a Duty Drawback?

By | 2018-12-12T17:28:01+00:00 December 12th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

With all of the duties and fees one would normally pay out to import goods, it’s nice to know that there’s at least one scenario that can send money back in the other direction.“What is this mysterious refunding of money,” you ask? In the importation business, it’s what’s known as [...]

5 12, 2018

How To Import Goods For Someone Else — And Save Duty Fees!

By | 2018-12-05T19:29:04+00:00 December 5th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

When you think importing, what comes to mind? We’re willing to bet you said cross-border shopping, or commercial importing, or even moving vehicles around... but what about importing personal goods that belong to someone else? Whether you’re helping someone move or bringing them a gift, you may someday run into [...]

30 11, 2018

4 Important Tips to Help You Find Trusted Suppliers for Your Imports

By | 2018-11-30T15:40:33+00:00 November 30th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

Foreign companies that export their goods worldwide are, in many cases, the lifeblood of their counterparts in the United States. These suppliers allow American companies to operate, make sales, and generate revenues to grow their businesses. Whether you deal specifically in importation or you’re reliant upon selling of items from [...]

22 11, 2018

The FDA Naughty List: Are Your Goods on Import Alert?

By | 2018-11-22T18:02:49+00:00 November 22nd, 2018|U.S. Customs|

It’s not uncommon for importers to have items be detained for physical examination by US customs agents. While undoubtedly frustrating, at least one can take comfort in knowing their goods are still en route and there is conceivably a light at the end of the tunnel. But what about knowing [...]

15 11, 2018

A Brief History of American Trade Wars

By | 2018-11-15T19:13:09+00:00 November 15th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

With recent stories of NAFTA’s renegotiation to form the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, as well as an ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China dominating headlines in the past few months, the global trade landscape appears to be in a highly contentious period. Though trade wars are typically cause [...]

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