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 most challenging of regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act — the Foreign Supplier Verification Program — takes effect on May 30. Are you ready?

News & Analysis

07 Aug 2017
The US administration under President Donald Trump may have generated shockwaves elsewhere, but little has changed when it comes to Customs cargo clearance.
02 Aug 2017
China’s largest retailer launched the new cross-border alliance with the view of improving the usually complicated processes involved in bringing imported products into the mainland.
29 Jun 2017
This week’s mess was the latest pain point for users exasperated with the transition to the Automated Commercial Environment.
29 Jun 2017
Black Sea shippers are turning to Ukrainian gateways.
25 Jun 2017
Canada is in the early stages of reworking its system of cargo clearance to allow containerized goods that don’t present a security, safety, or health threat to move through ports.
08 Jun 2017
While port operations are largely normal, cross-border trucking is still heavily impacted.
05 Jun 2017
Customs estimates that with quicker clearance, logistics costs per container have been reduced by more than half.
01 Jun 2017
The establishment of centers to process electronic customs declarations filed via Russia’s single window should speed up cargo clearance and reduce corruption.
23 May 2017
The existence of a border wall wouldn’t impede trade facilitation, except that it would cost a great deal of money that might not be available for hiring new Customs officers.
22 May 2017
The US agency charged with clearing goods at the border lacks sufficient staff to handle the growing flow, and the price of related delays are costing the United States as much as $5.8 billion a year, according to a report by the US Congress Joint Economic Committee.