Customs Brokerage Knowledge Center

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

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Written by Chris Reynolds, Diana Le, and Lorena David

U.S. Customs - Power of Attorney and Verification Update - 2022

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Importing classic cars

How to keep your antique vehicle out of the compactor
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Using INLT's Tracing Report for cross-border shipments

What if a bill of lading is not available for cross-border shipments?
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The Lacey Act

Everything you need to know about importing wood products and the Lacey Act
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is an entry?

How many importers, shippers, and bills of lading can be on one entry.
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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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