Frequently Asked Questions
A customs broker is a licensed professional who specializes in facilitating the import and export of goods across international borders. Customs brokers work closely with government agencies to ensure that all necessary documentation and requirements are met for the safe and legal transport of goods.
Importing and exporting goods across international borders can be a complex process with many regulations and requirements to consider. A customs broker can provide expert guidance and support to help you navigate this process and ensure that your goods are transported safely and legally.
We offer a full range of customs consulting services, including customs compliance reviews, duty drawback services, tariff classification assistance, and more. Our experienced customs consultants can provide customized solutions to meet your specific needs and help you navigate the complex world of customs regulations.
A customs bond is a financial guarantee that ensures the payment of duties, taxes, and fees associated with imported goods. It is required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for all commercial imports with a value of $2,500 or more, and for certain types of goods, such as those subject to Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) orders. Customs bonds are also required for various types of customs activities, such as warehouse entries and foreign-trade zone admissions.
An Importer of Record is the party responsible for ensuring that all customs requirements are met and that all necessary documentation is provided for the import of goods into the United States.
A commercial invoice is a document that provides a detailed description of the goods being imported, including their value, quantity, and country of origin. This document is required for customs clearance and is used to calculate the duties and taxes owed on the imported goods.
A Continuous Bond is a type of customs bond that covers all imports made by a particular importer for a specific period of time. This type of bond is useful for businesses that import goods on a regular basis.
A Single-Entry Bond is a type of customs bond that covers a specific shipment of goods. This type of bond is useful for businesses that only make occasional imports.
An ISF Filing, also known as an Importer Security Filing, is a document that must be filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection before a shipment arrives in the United States. The ISF Filing provides information about the shipment and helps customs officials identify potential security risks.
Yes, there are penalties for filing ISF late. Failure to file the ISF in a timely manner can result in fines, shipment delays, and even seizure of the goods.
Yes, ISF Filing is required on all imports that are being transported by ocean freight. There are some exceptions for certain types of shipments, such as those that are being transported by air or by land.
Customs duty is a tax that is imposed on imported goods by the U.S. government. The duty is calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods being imported.
Duty is calculated as a percentage of the value of the goods being imported. The percentage rate varies depending on the type of goods being imported and the country of origin.
A Notice of Arrival is a document that must be filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection when a vessel carrying goods is scheduled to arrive at a U.S. port. The notice provides information about the vessel and its cargo, and helps customs officials prepare for the arrival of the goods.