Customs officials and brokers in the United States are both being challenged by constantly changing tariff levels and a continued influx of smaller e-commerce parcels.
US Customs Regulations
US Customs Regulations
The federal U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency is responsible for the enforcement of U.S. Customs laws, which regulate the flow of goods, people and material into and out of the United States.
13 Dec 2019
A number of ocean carriers are adjusting their detention and demurrage fees in the next 30 days, causing shippers to pay more for these penalties being reviewed by the Federal Maritime Commission.
19 Aug 2019
A new agreement between the US and Canada will allow the two countries to fully clear cargo before railroads and trucks reach landside ports of entry, reducing congestion and freeing up customs officials.
26 Jul 2019
A recent uptick in pest presence in properly treated and marked wood packaging materials (WPM) has US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) rethinking its ISPM 15 enforcement policies.
22 Jul 2019
US importers say they face a lack of alternatives, feedback, and proactive sourcing information from enforcement officials when treated and apparently compliant wood packaging materials (WPM) fail ISPM 15 inspection.
08 Jul 2019
The US has hit the pause button in its trade war with China and has shifted its attention back to Europe where tariff threats are hurting business confidence, especially in the German vehicle and spare parts market.
02 Jul 2019
Monterrey-based aluminum manufacturer Riisa wants to increase exports to the US but must deal with local capacity shortages and logistics challenges in Laredo, the largest US truck border crossing.
20 Jun 2019
The 90-day suspension from the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism means the container line will no longer enjoy “trusted trader” status, increasing the likelihood of import shipment delays.
10 May 2019
US imports of goods that left China prior to Friday’s increase of tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent may be able to enter the country at the lower duty rate under certain circumstances.
01 May 2019
US importers paying tariffs might have some remedies at their disposal to limit their financial obligation, but many don’t know their options and are leaving valuable savings on the table.
16 Jan 2019
Nuisances are popping up that irk port authorities and customs brokers.
04 Jan 2019
Delays may occur if paperwork is flagged by a federal agency in which staffers are furloughed.
13 Aug 2018
Importers may be unaware that they need to increase the level of the bond they must maintain with US Customs and Border Protection for duties due to be paid over a 12-month period.
11 Jun 2018
Shippers are struggling with how to leverage e-commerce channels profitably, but the US Customs and Border Protection service is struggling similarly with regulating the sheer number of shipments crossing borders, especially since many of them now qualify under the $800 duty-free de minimis level.
03 May 2018
Beneficial cargo owners are commending the US Customs and Border Protection's one-stop cargo processing offices, but they also have a few tips for overall service improvement.
03 May 2018
The technology that has enabled the birth and growth of the surging e-commerce sector has also introduced new requirements and demands for customs brokers and shippers.
16 Mar 2018
Shippers hoping that US Customs and Border Protection's Automated Commercial Environment system will soon operate without the kind of problems that have plagued it for years should not count on that happening for a while longer.