The following are among the import control matters handled

  • Customs and import trade regulations and issues
    • Also includes section 232 and section 301 tariff analysis
  • Customs legal opinions and guidance
  • Customs rulings
  • Customs enforcement actions, communications, investigations, focused assessments and other regulatory audits
  • Prior disclosures and penalties
  • Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program guidance and compliance
  • Importer compliance practices (informed compliance, reasonable care, internal reviews, manuals, procedures, training, recordkeeping)
  • Customs procedures:
    • Importer Security Filing (ISF)
    • Entry of goods
    • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
    • Shipping documents (commercial invoice, packing list, certificate of origin)
    • Assessment of value
    • Classifications (Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classifications, country of origin)
    • Item/container marking
  • Special requirements (prohibitions, restrictions, other agency requirements):
    • Quotas
    • Seizures and detention
  • Other import operations:
    • Certificates of insurance
    • INCOTERMS
    • Purchase contracts
    • Contracts of carriage
    • Bills of lading
    • Charter parties
    • Documentary drafts
    • Letters of credit
  • Duty protests, drawback (refund)/reconciliation programs, exemptions, and reductions
  • Foreign-Trade Zones/Customs bonded warehouses
  • NAFTA procedures (certificates of origin, advance rulings, verification, determinations, appeals) and other free trade agreements/special tariff programs
  • Anti-dumping/countervailing duty
  • Internal import audits
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and border security programs
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