Customs is given broad authority to inspect shipments entering into the country. When Customs questions the admissibility of goods into the United States, Customs has the authority to detain the shipment until satisfactory information is provided to enable release. Customs has five (5) business days from the date on which the merchandise is presented for examination to decide whether or not to detain the merchandise or to allow its release. If Customs decides to detain a shipment, they must provide the importer with a formal Notice of Detention within five[...]
When Customs believes that there should be a change in classification or an increase in duty they are required to issue what is called a "Notice of Action" - Customs Form 29. A notice of action signifies Customs intentions to change the way current and possibly future shipments will be treated. The notice will provide the importer with two possible Customs actions; "Action Taken" or "Action Proposed." 1. Action Taken - Once Customs indicates that Action has been taken, any increase in duties can only be addressed via protest or[...]
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