Do I Need a Customs Broker?
Customs clearance also commonly referred to as customs release is probably the first thing to consider. Depending on the value of your shipment you need to determine if a customs broker is required. If a formal entry is required, as an Importer of Record you need to have an account set up with a customs broker and documentation prepared prior to shipping. The Importer of Record (IOR) is ultimately responsible to ensure that the documentation that has been provided is complete and accurate. It is important that you have all the proper information and documentation. Once all documentation is submitted to your customs broker, they will review the information for accuracy prior to the information being submitted to CBP.
Are you the Importer of Record?
An importer of record is the individual or entity responsible for all entry documents required by CBP (Customs Border Protection). It is also responsible for the classification of products imported, payment of duties, as well as any other import obligations. If you are importing to the U.S. as a foreign importer of record, additional documentation is required.
Familiarize with U.S. Customs Border Protection Policies & Procedures
It is important that you fully understand if the products or goods you are importing will require a special license or permit. Even though U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) does not generally require importers to have a license or permit, there are other agencies that may require special permits or certificates. These may include the FDA, USDA and the ATF. Additionally, there are certain goods or merchandise that may be subject to specific requirements with regards to their testing, certification, labeling, packaging, marketing, and documentation. To learn more about these requirements, please visit www.cbp.gov.