Customs Regulations

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.


Importers are leaving millions of dollars on the table in what might otherwise be legally avoidable duties, simply because they’re unaware of, or unsure of, how to take advantage of a tax reduction program called the First Sale for Export rule.

News & Analysis

20 Mar 2015
Near-unprecedented congestion in Virginia has prompted the state port authority there to reach out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for permission to pay overtime for customs officers working extended operating hours.
16 Mar 2015
The U.S and Canada signed a historic agreement Monday establishing the framework for pre-clearance processes at U.S.-Canadian border crossings, marking the first time pre-clearance will be available for all modes of transportation — land, rail, marine and air — in both countries.
11 Mar 2015
Global trade management company Amber Road adds new sourcing and manufacturing capabilities by acquiring Hong Kong-based ecVision.
10 Mar 2015
U.S. federal agencies able to slow and hold imports are finally getting down to brass tacks as the deadline for President Obama’s new comprehensive trade system nears.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors check container at Port of Baltimore.
23 Feb 2015
A looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security could put U.S. international trade, not just national security, at risk, President Obama warned Monday, though in reality trade at ports of entry will not be delayed even in the event of a DHS shutdown.
23 Feb 2015
A newly introduced U.S. House bill would allow shippers to pay for additional Customs staffing and extended gate times at the entire U.S.-Mexico border, and not just at ports of entry in Texas as they can now.
17 Feb 2015
A partisan debate on Capitol Hill is threatening to throw even more delays into already slowed U.S. supply chains. What began as a debate over immigration reform has evolved into a stalemate that has put at risk customs operations at airports, seaports and land borders nationwide.
01 Feb 2015
Truckers grappling with long waits outside the Nhava Sheva port complex, India’s largest container gateway, could see some faster turnaround improvements when the port authority introduces “paperless” gate-in operation for export containers later this month.
09 Jan 2015
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working with slightly more than a dozen federal agencies to help them better determine what shipments are high risks and which ones can be cleared faster because they pose less of a potential threat.
08 Jan 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to go beyond standard operating procedures until the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex is free from congestion and productivity is back to normal, the assistant director for field operations at the agency in Southern California said Thursday.