Clear and Deliver your USA imports!

Arrival of Goods to USA-process

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Imported goods may not legally enter U.S. commerce until the shipment has arrived within the port of entry and Customs has authorized delivery of the merchandise. This is normally accomplished by filing the appropriate documents, either by the importer or by the importer’s agent. To get a list of importers in the USA To expedite this process, Customs entry papers may be presented before the merchandise arrives, but entry will not take place until the merchandise arrives within the port limits. The Customs Service does not notify the importer of the arrival of the shipment. The carrier of the goods usually makes notification of arrival. Arrangements should be made to ensure that the importer or their agent is informed immediately of arrival so that the entry can be filed and delays in obtaining the goods avoided. The Customs Service defines “entry” not merely as the arrival of goods at a port, but as the process of presenting documentation for clearing goods through Customs. Imported merchandise not entered through Customs in a timely manner (within 15 calendar days of arrival) is sent by Customs to a general order warehouse to be held as unclaimed. The importer is responsible for paying storage charges while unclaimed merchandise is held at the warehouse. If it remains unclaimed at the end of six months, the merchandise is sold at auction.

Some types of Customs entry must be made at the first port of arrival. Ordinarily entry is made there for consumption, for entry into a bonded warehouse, or for transportation in bond to another port where a consumption or warehouse entry will be made. If an importer is unable to be there to prepare and file the entry, commercial brokers, known as customs brokers and licensed by the Customs Service, may act as an agent for the importer. These brokers charge a fee for their services. A list of customs brokers may be obtained from the local Customs office or found in the yellow pages of the local telephone directory. In the case of a single noncommercial shipment, a relative or other individual may act as the importer’s agent for customs purposes. This person must know the facts pertaining to the shipment and must be authorized in writing to act for the importer.

Binding Ruling

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The binding ruling program enables importers and other interested parties to get binding pre-entry classification decisions prior to importing a product and filing entries with Customs and Border Protection. It is also to get binding guidance about other CBP regulations pertaining to marking of country of origin requirements.

Binding classification advice can only be given by the Office of Regulations and Rulings. Cleared and Delivered submits either an electronic request or a letter describing the product in detail and provides a sample to the CBP Information Exchange, National Commodity Specialist for a ruling. The importer generally receives a response within 30 days.

Tariff Classifications are binding, however duty rates are not. The program promotes compliance, uniformity and accuracy.

Let Cleared and Delivered handle the binding ruling process for you! We can expedite and simplify the entire process so you can start importing!

Customs Brokerage & Customs Clearance fact sheet

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Cleared and Delivered is a licensed customs broker that can clear your imports through any port in the United States. We streamline the clearance and delivery process on behalf of companies large and small. A customs broker is a valuable partner in the workings of any import intensive business. The customs broker has the legal authority and knowledge to recognize very detailed classifications of your goods, and the respective tariffs associated with such. The customs broker also recognizes and produces a variety of legally binding documents needed to import goods into the U.S. Customs brokers have a close relationship with the Dept. of Homeland Security/ U.S. Treasury / U.S. Customs Service. to obtain legal rights for your goods to enter into the United States.

Customs clearance is required for ALL imports into the U.S. regardless if they are duty free or not. Customs brokers also file bonds for goods that temporarily leave and then re enter the United States. These are called carnets. Having a professional customs broker working on your behalf can make your importing business more efficient and more profitable.