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

Trucking companies facing a new Canadian eManifest deadline should follow these five steps to prepare for the rules and avoid fines and border delays.

News & Analysis

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.
28 Dec 2015
South America’s leading container port of Santos has discovered and detained record levels of counterfeit goods in both tonnage and monetary terms as customs authorities step up their cooperation and detection efforts to crack down on fake imports.
11 Dec 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched pilot test being billed as a “fast lane” for cargo containers at four U.S. ports.
09 Dec 2015
U.S. lawmakers announced Wednesday evening they had come to a deal on a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bill that would streamline import duties on goods destined to be re-exported and allow articles exported from the U.S. to be commingled for the first time. The bill also toughens U.S. trade law enforcement and rules against currency manipulation.