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

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

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.
08 Feb 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Monday it will be taking “a staggered approach” to the rollout of its “single window” initiative, after many said they simply weren’t ready for the new system.
08 Feb 2016
Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has issued an order to the Russian Federal Customs Service to significantly streamline customs clearance procedures with the aim of speeding cargo handling at Russia’s borders and seaports.
04 Feb 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection will extend deadlines for certain criteria that will be required after the rollout of its “single window” initiative on Feb. 28, according to the brokers, forwarders, importers and exporters who say they simply won’t be ready to meet those requirements by the end of the month.
04 Feb 2016
Ukraine is slashing tariffs on container cargo transportation by 60 percent in an effort to attract more volume from China to the European Union, according PJSC Ukrzaliznytsia, Ukraine, the country’s largest railroad.
03 Feb 2016
In an attempt to ease congestion at terminal gates and reduce wait times for drayage, customs authorities at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, India’s biggest, public, container gateway, have done away with the procedure requiring truckers to present gate-in permits issued electronically in hard copy form.
26 Jan 2016
U.S. customs brokers and forwarders are asking Customs and Border Protection to halt all software changes tied a system aimed at streamlining the filing of import and export documentation just weeks before it’s set to take effect, saying the Automated Commercial Environment, or single window, isn’t ready.
18 Jan 2016
Shippers in Bangladesh are finding new ways of getting their air cargo to Australia after the government Down Under slapped a ban on shipments heavier than 500 grams being carried on freighters and passenger planes from several countries, with the South Asia garment-producing giant among them.
06 Jan 2016
Moving containers through Ukraine ports will be significantly simpler in 2016 as a result of an agreement between the country’s Ministry of Infrastructure and State Fiscal Service.
05 Jan 2016
Are shippers ready for Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment? Time will tell. And we’ll see if the $3 billion initiative will bring the efficiencies promised.