Category: Customs Compliance

Customs Violations Penalties & Fines Since the inception and implementation of the Customs Modernization Act in 1993, the law and regulation responsibilities changed to fall on the importer. These obligations are to determine the proper value, classification, duty rates, and ensure other government agency requirements are satisfied. A few of the most common penalties for…

Business Has Changed, It’s Time For Trade Compliance To Change, Too As the business world adapts to face masks, Zoom calls and social distancing, the trade compliance community is also re-evaluating the way it does business. While a lot has changed in your business, one thing that is certain to change – and, in fact,…

No one wants to really talk about trade compliance or acknowledge if it is lacking or non-existent. Not only is trade compliance an overwhelming and complicated mix of regulations, it is also something that puts most people to sleep! Often times employees think someone else is handling import compliance, but nobody is fully dedicated to…

During tough economic times with layoffs, downsizing and budget cuts, companies look for ways to save money and deliver results more efficiently. Like other aspects of your business, you might be in a position where you need to find ways to cut costs while maintaining a high level of standards for your import and export…

We’ve all been suffering with the effects of COVID-19 – working from home, virtual conference calls, trying to meet customer requirements and moving parts, components, and supplies into your shuttered facility to keep the supply chain and the manufacturing processes moving forward. On top of everything else, with imports coming in very slowly, Customs and…

Following up to our blog posted in January, Canada has ratified the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and as a result , the USMCA will become effective on July 1, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) is currently working with partners in Canada and Mexico, while U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working…

Overview This past weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that in light of COVID-19, they would amend the regulations to temporarily postpone the deadline for payment of duties, taxes, and fees for 90 days for those importers facing significant financial hardship. Under the National Emergencies Act on March 13, 2020 and the President’s…

This past week, the Trump administration announced a ban on exports of certain types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  The new rule became effective immediately and will last four months (until August 8, 2020). While this type of activity is unusual due to its breadth and scope, those of…

I feel like it was just 1994 and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was ratified and I was hitting the road advising importers how to take advantage of the duty-free provisions. What a feat! U.S. industry had to learn the Rules of Origin, Tariff Shifts, Regional Value Content requirements and how to complete…

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