Customs Regulations

In the years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, perhaps no government agency has evolved as much as U.S. Customs and Border Protection. From port initiatives such as the Container Security Initiative to partnering with industry in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, CBP is now front-and-center on virtually every international company's radar screen. Failure to comply with CBT's myriad and seemingly ever-evolving regulations can cost a company millions of dollars in fines. Overseas, customs agencies can be even more of a bureaucratic minefield and corruption is rampant in many emerging markets. In an increasingly global marketplace, how companies cope with myriad customs regulations can spell the difference between success and failure in an international strategy.


The latest change in the rollout of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's Automated Commercial Environment, or ACE, means that some functions will be moved to the new system, while others will remain on the legacy Automated Commercial System, or ACS, for some time, creating opportunities for confusion.

News & Analysis

08 Apr 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that while it is safeguarding against a redux of the “fumbled” initial rollout of its new electronic filing system, it cannot “100-percent guarantee” users won’t face the same glitches and network errors when the remainder of system filers are onboarded later this summer.
05 Apr 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the glitches that riddled the initial rollout of its new electronic filing system over the past week are resolved and it’s safeguarding for when the remainder of system filers are onboarded this summer.
04 Apr 2016
Russia’s leading stevedoring companies have voiced their disdain for proposed initiatives of the Russian Federal Customs Service and some state officials to curb the powers of customs offices to service import-export cargo in the Big Port of St. Petersburg, Russia’s largest container port.
04 Apr 2016
The Thursday rollout of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ACE “single window” for filing experienced few problems until Friday, when the long-delayed initiative frustrated brokers and shippers with network errors and system-wide crashes.
31 Mar 2016
The first of many deadlines in the rollout of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ACE “single window” initiative came and went Thursday without any major hiccups.
17 Mar 2016
In a followup to a previous trade advisory, customs authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust have set up a separate wing to handle processes related to “direct port delivery” for the clearance of import freight from India’s biggest public container gateway as part of larger program to facilitate trade and ease congestion in the harbor.
25 Feb 2016
Tariffs levied on shipping companies entering Russian seaports may be doubled or increased by two and one half times, which may result in the decline of Russian seaborne container traffic.
17 Feb 2016
The Bronka and Ust-Luga seaports are expected to become the new container hubs of northwest Russia due to Russian Federal Customs Service plans to cease servicing export-import cargo on site at Big Port St. Petersburg.
16 Feb 2016
China announced additional safety requirements for companies dealing with dangerous goods as it continues to highlight its resolve to overhaul safety procedures in the wake of the deadly Tianjin blasts and to punish those responsible.
11 Feb 2016
U.S. lawmakers in the Senate Thursday overwhelmingly passed a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bill that will streamline import duties on goods destined to be re-exported and allow articles exported from the country to be commingled for the first time. The bill also toughens U.S. trade law enforcement and rules against currency manipulation.