Customs Brokerage Knowledge Center

Terminology, definitions, and processes related to the entry of merchandise and customs compliance

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MTB and Section 301

When your product is eligible for the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and subject to Section 301 duties
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Importing classic cars

How to keep your antique vehicle out of the compactor
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The Lacey Act

Everything you need to know about importing wood products and the Lacey Act
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A running tally of Section 301 exemptions

The USTR is publishing Trump tariff exemptions, we're cataloging them here
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Importing plywood

Are there any special permits or treatment needed to import plywood?
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Removable seat cushions

Are seats with removable cushions considered upholstered for classification purposes?
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TSCA Title VI Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Everything you need to know about the new TSCA requirements and import certification
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What is a Carnet?

Here is what you need to know about a Carnet.
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Importers of FDA regulated products need a D-U-N-S Number

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recognizes importers by their DUNS number, here's how to get one
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Antidumping duties on quartz

Certain quartz products are now subject to antidumping duties, here's what you need to know
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Block 24 of the CBP Form 7501

Block 24 is labeled "Reference Number" so why can't I enter a reference number?
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What is a CBP Form 5106?

An quick explanation of the CBP Form 5106 or Importer ID Input Record
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FDA Prior Notice requirements

What is Prior Notice and when does it need to be filed?
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What is a TIB and is my merchandise eligible?

This article provides general information about what a TIB is.
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Reporting suspected violations and illicit trade activity

What to do if you think your competition is violating CBP rules and regulations
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Importing commercial samples under Chapter 98

There are a number of ways to import commercial samples duty free, let's talk about Chapter 98 Subchapter XI
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Non-resident importers

Can a foreign entity be the importer of record? How do we register as a foreign importer? This article answers these questions and more
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Broker of record change

How to transition an importer's continuous bond to INLT Inc.
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What are Partner Government Agencies?

U.S. Customs and Border Protection isn't the only game in town, here's what you can expect from other agencies at the border
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Applying for an ACE Portal account

The ACE Portal offers importers access to a wealth of import data, here's how to create an account
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The liquidation process

Liquidation is the often considered the final step in the lifecyle of an entry
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How an entry gets cancelled

If you need your entry cancelled, here are some guidelines and expectations to make the process a little smoother
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Duties, taxes, and fees

CBP collects duties, taxes, and fees on imported goods, which begs the question: what's the difference?
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Determining country of origin

Substantial transformation, tariff shift rules, and how careful attention to country of origin can save you money
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What happened to the CBP Form 3461?

Formerly one of the most important documents in the entry process, this form is now obsolete
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Explaining FDA holds

FDA is extremely active at the border, but what exactly are they doing when goods are imported?
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Entering the bill of lading for ISF purposes

How to enter your master and house bill of lading to ensure a match
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Running your Periodic Monthly Statement report in ACE

Step-by-step instructions on how to run your PMS report each month
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Calculating the Merchandise Processing Fee

The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) is the most common fee assessed by Customs and Border Protection, here's how it's calculated
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Reactivating a voided importer

What to do when your tax ID has been deactivated by Customs and Border Protection
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Commercial invoice requirements

You might be surprised to hear what is required on the commercial invoice for goods imported into the United States
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Breaking down the Periodic Monthly Statement (PMS)

Duties and fees can be paid on a monthly statement, here's how it works
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Paying a liquidated damages notice

You received a liquidated damages notice from U.S. Customs, now what?
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How to pay your duties directly to Customs and Border Protection

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Single entry vs. continuous bonds

There are several factors to consider when purchasing a U.S. Customs bond
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What is an entry?

How many importers, shippers, and bills of lading can be on one entry.
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Are you eligible for a Section 301 exclusion?

The USTR has set forth a process to request an exclusion, do you qualify?
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Who is the importer of record?

The importer of record is responsible for ensuring goods are imported in accordance with U.S. Customs regulations
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Why is block 25 of the 7501 blank?

This is why the Ultimate Consignee might not be entered in block 25
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