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Month: April 2012

  • Customs Attorney: Who will be inspected?

    Last post was a discussion on the types of examinations. The question presents itself: Whose shipments will be inspected?  The term one will hear is that examinations are random.  However, determination for inspection of merchandise is by majority controlled by a automated system which is overseen by human judgment.  Generally, Customs will inspect more shipments of an importer who has a history of poor compliance.  Other factors may include, the familiarity with the importer, type of goods being imported, and the foreign factories being used to manufacture the merchandise. In[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: Examination

    All goods that enter into the United States are subject to examination by Customs or other regulatory agencies.  Shipments are examined for purposes of determining whether all the requisite documentation has been provided, whether the documentation is accurate, as well as whether the goods are in compliance with U.S. laws.  The examinations are said to be "random," however I have heard time and again that importers believe Customs has put their company under a microscope while letting their competitors run free.  There are generally two types of examinations that Customs[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: Customs Bonds

    All entries must be covered by an import bond in order to make formal entry of merchandise into the United States.   The bond serves to secure potential duties, taxes, and fees owed to CBP and guarantee performance of all Customs regulations requirements - but it is not insurance.  The bond is to be filed on CBP form 301 and is a contract between the importer and CBP that protects Customs' interests. There are a number of surety companies who issue these bonds.  Further,  if the surety that provides the bonds[...]

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  • Customs Attorney: Delays

    International Shipping charges generally cover not only the cost for shipping overseas but also cover a certain number of days in which the goods are unloaded from the carrier.   The time at which the goods remain at the carrier's premises prior to the importers pick-up is known as free time.  However when goods exceed their time at the carrier's premises they are charged a daily fee known as demurrage or storage until picked up or delivered to Customs general order warehouse.  The additional costs are designed to speed up the[...]

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