How do I avoid delays and penalties when importing into the United States?

In order to avoid delays and penalties you must:
  • Ensure documentation is complete, legible and detailed.
  • Ensure goods are properly market with Country of Origin.
  • Ensure goods meet OGA requirements - FDA, USDA etc.
  • Work closely with your experts - customs broker, shipping company, attorney and U.S. Customs.
  • Ensure your customs broker is notified of your shipments.
  • Consider joining C-TPAT.
  • Understand your obligations as an importer of record.
  • Ensure you maintain records as required by customs.
  • Prior disclosure.


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