When importing merchandise into the commerce of the United States, the importer is responsible for adhering to all Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Regulations as well as any Other Governmental Agencies (OGA) Regulations.  Every importer should have a basic knowledge of import requirements to avoid problems, delays, fines penalties, and additional expenses.  

Determine if the goods are subject to other governmental agenies (FDA, FCC, USDA, ect).

Provide shipper U.S. Customs commercial invoice requirements including varified tariff number

Provide valid country of origin certificates to take advanage of preferential trade agreements.

Review the entry summary (C.F. 7501) for accuracy of classification, valuation, and country of origin.

Keep all records relating to every entry for seven years.

Basic Import Requirements

Binding Ruling Requests
Buying and Selling Commissions 
Customs and Border Protection Regulations
Commercial Invoices
Country of Origin Marking
Customs Rulings Online Search System
C-TPAT Security
Customs Entries
Customs Valuation
Duty Drawback
Electronic Ruling Requests
Free Trade Agreements
Harmonized Tariff Schedule
Intellectual Property Rights
Mitigation Guidelines
Prior Disclosure
Reasonable Care
Record Keeping
Rules of Origin
Tariff Classification
Tips for New Importers
Wearing Apparel Marking

Customs and Border Protection has a number of "Informed Compliance" publications including "What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know" series.

We also assist our clients develop and maintain a "Customs Compliance Program".  A compliance program is an internal checks and balance program which can demonstrate the understanding and enforcement of Customs and Border Protection policies and procedures. There are many advantages to developing and maintaining a compliance program.  For more information regarding compliance programs, contact us at