Customs Clearance - The Final Stages of Your Import!
Custom Clearance Services:
- Custom Clearance Entry.
- Vacis (x-ray) exam coordination.
- Intensive exam coordination.
- Duties/VAT/Fee assessment and estimates.
- ISF Filing. Import Security Filing (10+2).
- AES Filing. Export Customs Clearance.
- Title Clearance for Exporting Vehicles.
- Free Trade Zone (FTZ) entry.
- Commodity Classification (HS / HTS Codes).
- Restricted commodity import paperwork filing.
- Temporary Imports, ATA Carnet
Custom Clearance Entry - This is the most fundamental aspect of clearing customs. A custom entry is inputting all the data regarding the shipment into a system accepted by Customs and Border Protection. The data is then assessed to calculate duties, exam requirements, additional documentation requirements. The form used is CBP Form 3461. This information is used for Duties/VAT/Fee assessment and estimates.
Exam Coordination - Depending on your import, shipper, and other information Customs may decide to examine your goods. The most common is a Vacis (x-ray) exam coordination where a container is placed in a machine and an x-ray scan is performed. An intensive exam coordination is where a container’s contents are removed and inspected by a custom agent. Usually it requires the container/goods to be moved to a separate approved exam site.
Pre Shipment Filing - Prior to filing a customs entry CBP requires data to be pre-entered before sailing. This is known as ISF Filing or Import Security Filing (10+2) for import shipments and AES Filing (automated export system) for Export Customs Clearance (Electronic Export Information (EEI)).
Temporary Importation under Bond - Otherwise known as TIB, this type of entry allows goods which are entering into the USA but not for commercial resale be imported without payment of duties/taxes. One method of doing so is using an ATA Carnet which is essentially a “passport” for goods which are temporarily entered into the United States. A good example would be for repairs, tradeshows, or passing through to continue to another country. The final stages of an international shipment can sometimes be the most complicated. Upon arrival your shipment will require customs clearance, possible exam/inspection, and assessment/payment of all duties and fees. This process needs to be managed efficiently to ensure your imported goods are not unnecessarily delayed causing additional shipping expenses. At Maximum Freight we can help you navigate custom clearance requirements for your shipment. Our team has a combined over 30 years experience handling imports and is very familiar and experienced with all custom clearance matters.
Personnel and Qualifications - CEO/Founder Lawrence Ho is a licensed custom broker. In addition to his expertise we have a network of custom brokers and entry writers to help fulfil your custom clearance needs. We handle imports of all commodities and by air and ocean modes of transportation.
Conclusions - Clear communication for our clients is a cornerstone of our custom clearance services. If you have questions on future imports regarding duty and clearance charge estimates we offer this free of charge! Let our experience help make the import process easier for you and your team. Contact Maximum Freight, today!