US Customs Regulations

11 Feb 2022
Descartes is adding to its in-house roster of trade compliance tools with the $40 million purchase of online customs broker software provider NetCHB.
Perishables shipped by Crowley Maritime will be able to more quickly access additional markets via a new pilot progam.
14 Oct 2016
Crowley Maritime’s customs brokerage subsidiary will participate in a pilot program at Miami International Airport for ocean-to-air transshipment of perishables.
29 Sep 2016
A national freight forwarder and customs brokers trade group is urging federal officials to clarify regulations that would increase the value threshold of goods that are exempt from paying duty from $200 to $800, and to tighten the scrutiny of duty-free goods as they come in to prevent abuses of the rule change.
US Customs and Border Protection has given the Advanced Qualified Unlading Approval pilot program a thumbs up.
23 Sep 2016
US importers stand to see faster clearance of their containers as Customs and Border Protection expands a pilot providing pre-clearance of shipments from four ports to every port in the country.
As shippers grapple with container lines, terminals and others to secure their Hanjin Cargo, they may also have to make changes to US Customs documentation.
07 Sep 2016
US Customs and Border Protection is the second US federal agency to issue guidance to shippers and other industry stakeholders after the shipping giant filed for court receivership in Korea and later applied for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the United States last week.
03 Aug 2016
Shippers and government agencies are still experiencing growing pains as they adjust to the new system.
20 Jul 2016
A recently re-enacted law will offer some U.S. importers tariff reductions.
A lack of resources means Customs inspections like this one, pictured, are fewer and slower than they ought to be.
11 Jul 2016
Limited resources continue to make life difficult for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
07 Jul 2016
A league of U.S. lawmakers are not content with the roughly 4 percent of import containers screened under the current system.
17 Jun 2016
The shortfall of Customs officers now rivals Transportation Security Administration screener shortages at American airports, lawmakers said.
31 May 2016
The second filing deadline for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s new electronic filing system came and went this past weekend.
26 May 2016
Even after U.S. Customs said it was able to remedy the glitches that riddled the initial rollout of the Automated Commercial Environment, or ACE, in early April, "outages" and "network issues" have routinely been reported via the agency's Cargo Systems Messaging Service.
13 May 2016
The Obama administration is looking to the private sector to meet a long-delayed 100 percent scanning mandate.
08 Apr 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that while it is safeguarding against a redux of the “fumbled” initial rollout of its new electronic filing system, it cannot “100-percent guarantee” users won’t face the same glitches and network errors when the remainder of system filers are onboarded later this summer.
05 Apr 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says the glitches that riddled the initial rollout of its new electronic filing system over the past week are resolved and it’s safeguarding for when the remainder of system filers are onboarded this summer.
04 Apr 2016
The Thursday rollout of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ACE “single window” for filing experienced few problems until Friday, when the long-delayed initiative frustrated brokers and shippers with network errors and system-wide crashes.
31 Mar 2016
The first of many deadlines in the rollout of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ACE “single window” initiative came and went Thursday without any major hiccups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 Nov 2015
From global container weight rules to the roll-out of the long-delayed U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Automated Commercial Environment, shippers and their transportation providers should prepare for these five changes.
02 Nov 2015
Customs brokers and forwarders are urging the federal government not to botch the late February roll-out of the ACE “single window” program, noting how Australia’s implementation of a similar system roiled supply chains in 2005.
20 Sep 2015
Procrastinating importers and exporters who cheered the latest delay in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mandatory use of the Automated Commercial Environment for filing documentation are only hurting themselves if they don’t start using ACE when it becomes voluntary on Nov. 1, Customs specialists say.
31 Aug 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Monday that it’s extending its November deadline for the ACE "single window" program until February, after a rash of complaints and concerns from brokers, shippers and others aren’t ready for the new system.
17 Aug 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says its November deadline for the ACE "single window" program stands, even though smaller federal agencies have already said they won’t be ready in time and larger ones are lagging behind.
11 Aug 2015
Customs broker A.N. Deringer is billing its new less-than-containerload service from Hong Kong to Toronto as faster than via U.S. West Coast offerings, and free of U.S. harbor maintenance taxes and customs paperwork.
01 Jul 2015
Some U.S. shippers are urging U.S. Customs and Border Protection to push back its Nov. 1 deadline for its new "single window" program, saying they're running out of time and more internal agency checks are needed.
11 Jun 2015
U.S. shippers are set to regain access to duty-free imports from developing countries after Congress renewed the country’s Generalized System of Preferences program.
09 Jun 2015
It’s been more than a decade in the making, but the Mexican government has finally cleared a hurdle that prevents U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents from pre-clearing cargo south of the border.
01 Jun 2015
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.