29 03, 2018

Renegotiations of TPP?

By | 2018-03-29T17:22:14+00:00 March 29th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

When President Obama was in office in 2016, his decision for the United States to be a part of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) was based on strengthening economic ties with Asian Nations. Flash forward to President Trump’s first week in office, and the TPP is officially terminated. Trump supported [...]

26 03, 2018

Guide to Non-Resident Importing

By | 2018-05-31T10:47:53+00:00 March 26th, 2018|Forms and Documents, U.S. Customs|

Expanding into international markets is a worthwhile business decision. There is no need to occupy a physical address in the country whose market you wish to become involved in either. By registering to become a non-resident importer (NRI), you can do all your business from the comfort of your home [...]

8 03, 2018

Why US Import Prices Are Surging This Year

By | 2018-05-31T10:48:35+00:00 March 8th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

In January 2018, import prices rose by 1% in the United States in contrast to a forecasted rise of 0.6%; the forecasted rise for December 2017 was 0.2% but turned out to only be 0.1%. What caused such an unexpected hike in import prices in January 2018? There are two factors at play here: the cost of imported petroleum, and the weakening US dollar against foreign trade partners’ currencies.

20 02, 2018

How To Start an Import Business

By | 2018-05-31T10:53:14+00:00 February 20th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

Gone are the days of setting up shop at a brick and mortar store down the street. If you’re starting a business, making sales can be as simple as setting up a website. It’s no secret that having an import/export business can be extremely profitable -- especially if you do [...]

9 02, 2018

The USA’s Free Trade Agreements: The Run-Down

By | 2018-02-09T21:41:09+00:00 February 9th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

It may or may not come to you as a surprise that the United States is party to many international free-trade agreements (FTAs). In fact, the US is a leader of the free-trade movement, and operates in accordance with the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (a legal agreement between [...]

26 01, 2018

NAFTA talks are upon us. What will happen?

By | 2018-05-31T10:50:10+00:00 January 26th, 2018|U.S. Customs|

Talks between the participating countries in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)--The United States, Canada, and Mexico-- have already begun, as of August 2017. President Trump has been very obvious in stating his distaste for the agreement, and has pledged to repeal it as a part of his campaign [...]

6 04, 2017

Are You Prepared for a US Customs Audit?

By | 2018-05-31T10:51:48+00:00 April 6th, 2017|U.S. Customs|

If you’re a US importer, no matter the scale of your business, it’s more likely than not that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will audit your operations and your transactional compliance at some point. They may look for a history of compliance errors, poorly defined and documented internal control procedures, [...]

3 04, 2017

Things to Know Before Importing Goods to the US

By | 2017-08-16T15:44:26+00:00 April 3rd, 2017|U.S. Customs|

If you’re new and about to start importing goods to the US, it’s always smart to do your research regarding both the country of export and the US. While the US is quite import-friendly, it does have relatively strict safety and quality controls.Not sure where to start? Here are a [...]

1 04, 2017

Tips for Speeding Your Way Through Customs

By | 2018-05-31T10:52:44+00:00 April 1st, 2017|U.S. Customs|

Imagine speeding your way through customs. Believe it or not, as unattainable as it may seem to travel your way through customs at a respectable speed—especially post 9-11, and especially for new businesses—with time, patience, and the help of a qualified customs broker, you’d be surprised how simple it can [...]

30 03, 2017

The Benefits of Appointing a Licensed Customs Broker

By | 2017-08-16T15:50:35+00:00 March 30th, 2017|U.S. Customs|

Even though there’s no law that says you need to hire a customs broker to get clearance for your goods, there’s a reason so many do. The fact is, navigating import brokerage can be intimidating no matter who you are. Not only is there a lot to learn, but the [...]

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