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.

Commentary

Transshipping can be fraught with costs, time and risk that need to be fully recognized, weighed and accepted before proceeding with this option.

News & Analysis

Truck with Project 21 decal.
18 Apr 2014
EL PASO, Texas — The trucks here crossing the border from Juarez, Mexico, with “Project 21” decals are cleared by U.S. and Mexican customs agents faster than those trucks without the sticker, allowing drivers to get their goods from Mexican factories to U.S. customers faster.
04 Apr 2014
Changes coming to Mexican customs regulations in October will give maquiladoras, or manufacturers focused on exports, more competitive pricing on brokerage and allow brokers to expand the number of ports of entry where they manage cargo.
TSI Deltaport
19 Mar 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says cargo diverted to U.S. Pacific Northwest ports because of the truck driver strike in Vancouver, British Columbia...
07 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — Fresh off his Senate confirmation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske today acknowledged industry concerns that he wouldn’t balance trade facilitation and security but said he understands the importance of doing so.
06 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. and Mexican shippers and transportation providers in their countries’ trusted traded programs could see faster cargo processing at the shared border as soon as late 2014, Mexico head of customs today.
20 Feb 2014
WASHINGTON — President Obama today issued an executive order aimed at making it easier and faster for U.S. shippers to import and export by streamlining cargo processes and requiring a transition to electronic paperwork by 2017.
13 Jan 2014
This will be the year U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows what the agency can do when it has politically appointed leadership, something it hasn’t had for two years. If confirmed by the Senate, R. Gil Kerlikowske will lead the agency as it brings a long-delayed cargo processing system into the homestretch, beefs up its top trusted-trade program and determines how to best assist exporters. At the same time, CBP continues to better target goods for inspections so it doesn’t hold up trade unnecessarily.
08 Jan 2014
China is reportedly allowing more U.S. dried distiller grains into the country after rejecting roughly 661 short tons of corn-based DDGS and 2,205 short tones of regular corn, both containing an unapproved genetically-modified strain.
U.S. Cross-Border Trade With Canada. Source: Bureau of Transportation Statistics
07 Jan 2014
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is taking its Canadian pre-inspection pilot to the next phase, allowing trucks crossing the Peace Bridge to Buffalo, N.Y., to enjoy faster clearance by getting initial paperwork completed in Fort Erie, Ontario.
03 Jan 2014
A key Customs and Border Protection official instrumental in expanding the agency’s trusted trader programs and forging mutual recognition agreements has retired.