Who Responds to Your Importer Inquiries from U.S. Customs?

Sample Customs Invoice

As an importer, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) asks your Customs broker a question about your merchandise, do you allow your broker to respond to that query or do you as the Importer of Record (IOR) respond to

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Harmonized Tariff Schedule: Properly Classifying Your Product

Dust off your compliance toolbox, it’s time to talk about classification! Did you know that all merchandise has a harmonized tariff number? Did you also know that it is your responsibility as the importer or exporter to properly classify your

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ISF Enforcement: Penalties, Filing Errors, and Mitigation

While enforcement of ISF (Importer Security Filing) violations began in May 2015, the enforcement environment has stiffened markedly in the last year. ISF requires importers and carriers to provide a set of information for any shipments being imported into the

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New Year, New Compliance Goals

The start of a brand-new year is a great opportunity to wipe your compliance slate clean and introduce positive actions to ensure a successful program. The main objective is to evaluate what’s working and what’s not, and the guide below

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Simply VAT Guest Blog: HRME Is Clamping Down on Non-Compliant Non-UK Online Retailers. Have You Been or Are You Going to be Affected?

What you need to know? HMRC are currently approaching both sellers directly and via the marketplaces such as Amazon and eBay searching for non-VAT compliant non-UK sellers. What are they looking for?  If you are a non-resident UK business and

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Is Your Product Subject to Participating Government Agencies?

Participating Government Agencies, more commonly known as PGAs, regulate commodities imported into the United States. To avoid problems in the clearance of your merchandise, we strongly recommend that you familiarize yourself with policies and procedures prior to importing your goods.

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Be Prepared and Skip the Fines: A Guide to What Should be in Your Compliance Toolbox

If U.S. Customs decides to pay you a visit, will you be prepared? If you’re not complying with applicable laws and regulations, you could be facing some hefty monetary fines, seized shipments and maybe even jail time. No one wants

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EINs and CAINS: These Numbers are Driving Me Insane!

Freight quote. Check! Duty rate. Check! Commercial Documents. Check! As importers tick items off their shipment checklist, one of the most important tasks is purchasing a Customs bond – and setting it up right. Customs bonds are required for all

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What’s in a Set? Breaking Down Set Breakdowns

Importing sets to the United States comes with its own set of customs requirements; Shapiro is set on making this easy for you! See what we did there? Customs requires importers to not only declare the set within their Customs

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Don’t Let Wood Packing Material (WPM) Violations Slow Down Your Supply Chain!

If you’ve been living under a rock since 2005 or aren’t fluent in compliance geek, you’re likely not aware of the International Standards of Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM 15) Regulation of wood packaging material in international trade, which we wanted to

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