Category: Customs Compliance

If you’ve spent any time in trade compliance, you’ve probably come across the term “reasonable care.”  But what, exactly, does that mean?  The ambiguous nature of this phrase has caused many different interpretations over the years.  Let’s review some practical ways to apply this principle to your global trade compliance program. The idea of “reasonable...

In addition to federal workers impacted by the current government shutdown, companies who rely on the federal government to support their import/export compliance are also feeling the impact. We thought it might be helpful to provide the status of the various government agencies involved with assisting importers and exporters during this shutdown. Please Note: This...

NOTE: This blog is an update to our previous posts from June 18 and April 9. The United States Trade Representative released a statement yesterday that they had finalized tariffs on a list of an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports. These tariffs are being assessed in response to China’s unfair trade practices, including...

Late one Friday afternoon while speaking with a client who was about to leave on vacation, I heard the following question: “Do you know what a CF-28 Request for Information means?” Like many small- to medium-sized businesses struggling to understand the finer points of customs compliance, this client ran up against what is likely to be...

NOTE: This blog is an update to our previous post from April 9: Trump’s Tariff War: What’s going on? On Friday, June 15, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) finalized a first-round of additional tariffs on specific Chinese goods. These new tariffs announced Friday are in addition to the tariffs implemented by the U.S. earlier...

Just like cooler temperatures and falling leaves are the harbingers of autumn, so too are the notifications that will soon be arriving from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that your company has been selected for a Focused Assessment. What can you do to prepare for one of these assessments? How can you ensure that...

Have you ever travelled to a foreign country with your laptop or other electronic device? Are you planning to? These days, answers to these questions will almost unanimously be “yes.” But did you know that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the right to search – and if necessary, detain – your electronic device...

Let’s assume that you’re traveling internationally with your ITAR-controlled product and you have a valid DSP-73 license in place. (If I’ve already lost you with that sentence, then please skip the rest of this article and schedule a no-charge consultation with us today.) Rather than shipping the item to your destination, it makes more sense...

The 2016 editions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) and the Schedule B have now been issued and the Automated Export System (AES) has been updated with the new codes. While the changes are relatively few, some exporters and importers may find that their classifications are now invalid. Don’t fret, though. You have a 30-day...