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Importing Goods into the U.S.

In addition to its main mission of keeping America safe, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for protecting and facilitating international trade. CBP also protects the nation's revenue by assessing and collecting duties, taxes and fees incident to international traffic and trade. Further, CBP demands  compliance with often complex domestic and international customs laws and regulations.

CBP is vigilant that import shipments are free from terrorist or other malicious interference, tampering, or corruption of containers or commodities. Today, CBP is the nation’s premiere border enforcement agency, and it accomplishes this new mandate in part by executing the responsibilities for which it has always been known: controlling, regulating, and facilitating the movement of carriers, people, and commodities between the United States and other nations; protecting the American consumer and the environment against the introduction of hazardous, toxic or noxious products into the United States; protecting domestic industry and labor against unfair foreign competition; and detecting, interdicting, and investigating smuggling and other illegal practices aimed at illegally entering narcotics, drugs, contraband or other prohibited articles into the United States.

CBP is also responsible for detecting, interdicting, and investigating fraudulent activities intended to avoid the payment of duties, taxes and fees, or activities meant to evade the legal requirements of international traffic and trade; and for detecting, interdicting, and investigating illegal international trafficking in arms, munitions, currency, and acts of terrorism at U.S. ports of entry.  What's more, CBP also enforces the import laws and regulations of 46 other U.S. government agencies, along with many state laws and regulations.  This is what can make importing a real headache for new and experienced importers -- and for anyone else involved in the importation process.

Import Problems and Solutions

Whether you're a new or an experienced party involved in importing, we have the solutions you need to avoid or resolve problems with CBP and her many sister agencies.  We are here to address importing concerns like:

  • Tariff Classification of Goods
  • Valuation of Goods
  • Customs Binding Rulings
  • Country of Origin Determinations
  • Marking Determinations
  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Other Agency Requirements
    (e.g., FDA, EPA, DOT, CPSC, FTC)  
  • Entry Documentation
  • Customs Bonds
  • Security (ISF, TSA, C-TPAT etc.)
  • Sampling and Testing
  • Notice of Rate Advancement Responses
  • Fines and Penalties
  • Protests
  • Customs Bonds
  • Electronic Entry Processing/ACE
  • Entry Type Determinations
  • Antidumping/Countervailing Duty operations
  • Quota Conformity
  • Warehouse Operations
  • FTZ Operations
  • Merchandise Transshipment
  • Special Trade Programs (GSP, NAFTA, etc.)
  • Money Seizures/Failure to Declare
  • Cargo Holds, Detentions, Examinations
  • Request for Information Responses
  • Searches, Seizures and Forfeiture Actions
  • Petitions
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests

You must remain extremely careful in following all import laws and regulations. If not, you could wind up on the receiving end of some terribly harsh penalties. We can help you  stay on the right side of importing.  Call us today.

Import Audits, C-TPAT, and Import Training

We can assist you with any sort of import auditing.  We can also help your company get on board with the Customs - Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. We can also help you set up an import compliance program, and provide import training to your company executives and personnel.  Contact us now to learn how.

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