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Month: July 2011

  • Customs Attorney: Maintain your Customs Records

    Anything that is imported must be properly recorded - maintaining accuracy and validity of all the entry records you create. The government can always pop in unannounced and ask questions on your importations. The questions that arise are usually based on "Red Flags" they find via a database filled with information about factories, goods, people from across the globe. How long are you required to maintain records? 5 years after importation (drawback claims, 3 years after payment of drawback claim).What is Customs looking for? Could be anything but the most[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: Pay Your Duties!

    One of the main functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection is to collect duties. What are "duties"? Duties are a form of tax that an importer has an obligation to pay. Inherent in the payment of duties is liability to which the government defines to be a personal debt due from the importer to the U.S. that can only be discharged by paying the FULL amount. There is no haggling with Customs! Please be careful because the failure to pay your duties on time may result in an audit,[...]

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