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When goods are imported into the United States they are required to be valued correctly. It is the value of the goods to which United States Customs and Border Protection calculates the duty rate. Generally, the “dutiable value” is a calculation based on the price actually paid or payable for the goods when sold for export to the United States. Improper valuation of goods affects the duty liability. If the value of the goods is in excess of its proper value, the importer will pay a greater amount than necessary.

Conversely, under-declaring the value of goods may result in costly penalties. If you are the “importer of record” (the owner or purchaser of the goods, or when designated by the owner, purchaser, or consignee, a licensed Customs broker) you are responsible to “exercise reasonable care” in all aspects of the importing process, including valuation. Our firm assists importers in evaluating all relevant documentation and accurately appraising the value of goods.

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