A binding ruling is a useful and often underutilized tool that enables importers and other interested parties to get merchandise classification decisions from CBP that are binding on all future shipments of the product. An importer can also apply for binding rulings on other CBP issues such as marking, origin, NAFTA and applicability of Trade Programs. These rulings are binding in every Customs port of entry in the United States. The classific [...]

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Are you using Reasonable Care as CBP Requires? This paragraph comes from the Customs web site: “One of the most significant effects of the Customs Modernization Act is the establishment of the clear requirement that parties exercise reasonable care in importing into the United States. Section 484 of the Tariff Act, as amended, requires an importer of record using reasonable care… Despite the seemingly simple connotation of the term reasona [...]

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If you or your company is planning on importing a product, you've probably been told to work with a Customs broker. And if you are new to international trade you might be asking yourself, "What's a Customs broker?" A Customs broker is a professional service provider. Licensed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a Customs broker has an expert understanding of Customs regulations, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, and the Free Trade Agreements [...]

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