Background “Informed Compliance” and “Shared Responsibility” are two of the guiding precepts of the Customs Modernization Act. Informed Compliance means Customs (CBP) has an obligation to provide the trade community with better information about its responsibilities under customs regulations. Shared Responsibility means that CBP and the trade community will work together to voluntarily comply with those regulations. Summa [...]

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What are Customs Penalties and Fines For? Importing is a privilege that Customs can revoke. It can be revoked for repeated violations, penalties, or fines for any of the three levels of offenses (and sometimes for just a single violation of a major offense). Those three levels are: negligence (the failure to use reasonable care)gross negligence (with actual knowledge or wanton disregard)fraud (voluntary and intentional actions) Cus [...]

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“Have you taken reliable measures to ensure imported goods are not produced wholly or in part with convict labor, forced labor, and/or indentured labor (including forced or indentured child labor)?” This is the basic question CBP asks in their revised version of the Informed Compliance Publication (ICP) – “Reasonable Care” – a revision brought about by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). This Act was [...]

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“Peak Season” depends on each industry and when demand surges for a particular commodity—but late summer through fall tends to be the busiest time of year for the supply chain and retail worlds, between the back-to-school rush, and back-to-back holidays.   This year, additional factors come into play as pandemic effects and congestion remain, including the weeks-long lockdown in Shanghai—the largest container port in the wor [...]

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Last updated: 5.4.22 U.S. East Coast The Port of Charleston continues to experience significant congestion and delays, with some containers sitting up to a month. The monthly average delay in March per Descartes Systems Group was 15.9 days (see Descartes’ report of delay times at the top 10 ports here.)The Port of Savannah continues to see significant increases in import volume, and The Georgia Ports Authority is on track to implement "e [...]

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Summary Implementing Section 307 of the Tariff Act of 1930, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act prohibits imports of products from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China due to forced labor violations. "Forced labor" is defined by the Tariff Act as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty for its nonperformance and for which the worker does [...]

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This article is part of our weekly blog series on the Incoterms® Rules — we will be looking at a new term every Tuesday Summary International Commercial terms (“Incoterms®” for short) are a set of three-letter standard trade terms used in international contracts for the sale of goods. Incoterms are widely used in international and domestic commercial transactions, and are essential to understand prior to a shipment. Which ter [...]

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If your business 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 is a Customs Broker? A Customs broker (CHB) 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 ScheduleFree Trade Agreem [...]

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Last updated: April 12, 2022 Per CBP, “Effective for shipments entered or withdrawn for consumption on or after April 9, 2022, the rates of duty set forth in Column 2 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) shall apply to all products of the Russian Federation and of the Republic of Belarus."CSMS #51575437 - GUIDANCE: Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus (govdelivery.com) On Friday, March 11, P [...]

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C J International considers it critical that all parties involved in importing have defined security procedures in place that checks for the unauthorized introduction of material and/or persons to the shipping containers and trailers. These procedures must verify the physical integrity of the cargo container structure prior to loading and include the reliability of the locking mechanisms of the doors. We wish to convey that the 7-point inspectio [...]

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