U.S. Customs Ecommerce Compliance Guide

U.S. Customs Ecommerce Compliance Guide Buying Online from a Foreign Seller As many consumers have already experienced, in just the past 5 years, an increase in foreign sellers have gained access to the United States’ market.  Sellers located outside of the United States may not […]

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Import Export License New eLicense System

Introducing the Electronic eLicense As of October 2, 2017, The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service introduced the new eLicense system, which allows individuals and companies that import or export wildlife for commercial purposes to apply for required licenses electronically.  These parties may also renew or amend […]

CBP Regulatory Audit

CBP Regulatory Audit Officials with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Regulatory Audit recently discussed changes to import compliance auditing, including possible changes to penalty issuance for non-compliance.  This means instead of traditional Focused Assessments, companies may see more audit surveys and quick responses […]

Failure to Report Product Hazard Nets Penalty, Compliance Program Requirement

Failure to Report Product Hazard Nets Penalty, Compliance Program Requirement Excerpt from: Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade | May 05 2015 The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Department of Justice announced recently that a Maryland company has agreed to pay a $1.575 million civil penalty and maintain […]

Advance Filing Rule (AFR) for Japan

Advance Filing Rule (AFR) for Japan Advance Filing Rule (AFR) for Japan requires vessel operators and NVOCC’s to electronically submit information to Japanese Customs on maritime container cargo to be loaded on a vessel intended to enter into a port in Japan no later than […]

Setting Priorities for 2014

The underlying economic premise for importing and exporting is “specialization and trade.” Simply put, specialization means some region, country, or people have a “comparable advantage” for making certain products over another region, country, or people.  The myriad of reasons ranges greatly and generally include proximity […]

An Export Oversight and $500,000 Fine

Mistakes, oversights and human errors are unfortunately part of everyday life. An inadequate, uneducated or extremely busy export coordinator can spring at any moment and in your own company. The real questions are: “Where is your freight forwarder when these things happen?” and “Does your […]