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 [...]

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 [...]

28 02, 2019

Importing Security: Blockchain and the CBP

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

6 02, 2019

Customs Compliance: Your Guide to Customs Audits

By | 2019-03-13T16:12:00+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 | 2019-03-13T16:12:01+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 [...]

24 12, 2018

Naughty or Nice: Banned, Regulated, and Restricted Seasonal Imports

By | 2019-03-13T16:12:01+00:00 December 24th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

‘Twas the night before Christmas and people all across the United States were still stirring — several hundred decibels louder than a mouse — to get all of their traditional holiday goods across the U.S. border in time for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Though we’re already well into [...]

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