Category: Customs Compliance

Why are Customs Regulations Important? US Customs at its core is the top law enforcement agency for America. It was established to help control the flow of goods and people in and out of the country. One of their main obligations is to collect duties and taxes on the merchandise that is imported. They also…

Who’s Responsible For Trade Compliance? This is a question that most companies struggle with when it comes to their imports or exports. Who is responsible? The answer… everyone! Some companies might have a designated Trade Compliance Manager who oversees the trade compliance program. Others might even have a dedicated team built just for compliance. Other…

While we can all certainly agree that we’re not as desirable as Richard Gere tooling down the Pacific Coast Highway in his Giorgio Armani behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz 450 SL, I think everyone can agree that one simple phone call to your favorite compliance team might easily be the best call you’ll make…

Does My Business Need Help With Global Compliance? Exporters often find themselves in need of assistance at various stages of the exporting process- from building a complete program to getting products out the door. Deciding on where to begin and who to contact can be difficult, and not least of the difficulties lie in figuring…

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…