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 [...]

7 06, 2019

Multimodal vs Intermodal Transportation: Which is Better?

By | 2019-06-07T19:28:45+00:00 June 7th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

There’s a fine line that separates intermodal and multimodal transportation. It’s nearly indiscernible; both are used as a means of cargo transportation and to determine the best transportation route while utilizing transport carriers in order to get deliveries from door to door. In short, intermodal shipping utilizes several different contracts [...]

31 05, 2019

Do I Need A Customs Broker?

By | 2019-05-31T15:27:48+00:00 May 31st, 2019|U.S. Customs|

You might not be as ready to import without a customs broker as you think. While it might not seem immediately obvious to you, customs brokers are a valuable piece to the puzzle if you want to run a smooth operation. Whether you’re a big corporation or a small business, [...]

24 05, 2019

Customs Audit Checklist: Get Prepared for US Customs Audits

By | 2019-05-24T14:21:31+00:00 May 24th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

If you’re a US importer, it’s a fact: at some point, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will probably target you for an audit at some point. Large or small, your operations and transactional compliance might be under a particularly watchful eye someday. Are you prepared with your customs audit checklist? [...]

17 05, 2019

All You Need To Know About Tobacco Importation

By | 2019-05-17T16:03:10+00:00 May 17th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

The United States is one of the biggest tobacco importers in the world, competing with European and Asian tobacco importing powerhouses for a spot in the top 15. Americans love foreign cigars, imported cigarettes, and duty-free tobacco. In spite of — or perhaps as a response to — their popularity, [...]

9 05, 2019

What Is My US Customs Allowance?

By | 2019-05-09T14:03:31+00:00 May 9th, 2019|U.S. Customs|

You’ve been away on a vacation, and now you’re returning to the United States with goods and gifts. Depending on just how much you’re planning to bring back, the impending duty could be pretty steep… but it shouldn’t be a big deal, because you were out of the country for [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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