Tips for the New or First Time Importer – Via CBP

This information is brought to you direct from CBP and their tips to travelers website.  This is very good information to live by (Posted by: Sanders Brokerage Services).  Following is a direct cut and paste from the web site of: In order to avoid potential problems in the clearance of your merchandise, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) strongly recommends that you familiarize yourself with CBP policies and procedures prior to... Read More

Wood Packing Material

THE U.S.D.A., SAY, Make sure your wood packing material has been properly heat or methyl bromide treated!   U.S.D.A. is refusing shipments that contain pallets and wood packing material that is not properly marked are treated with ISPM 15 or IPPC logos.  Make sure your shipment is admissible and become familiar with the information on the web site links listed below.  Having your shipment refused by the U.S.D.A. is costly, inconvenient and not fun. In a multi national effort the U.S.D.A. has... Read More


CBP has advised that their “informal” entry value will increase from $2000 to $2500.  The anticiapted effective date for this change is slated for January 7th, 2013.  The posting from the CBP website provides the following information: * * * * * * * * * Washington— The United States Government announced that it is delivering on a key commitment under the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan through the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register titled “Informal Entry... Read More

Canada Customs eManifest

Update:  Canada Customs (CBSA) effective Nov 1 2012 is beginning an informed compliance period that will remain in effect until May of 2013, when eManifest-enabling legislation and regulations are expected to be in place.  During this period CBSA has reported that carriers will not be denied entry into Canada or subjected penalties for reasons associated with eManifest non-compliance.  CBSA further advises that they will instead advise carriers of the eManifest requirement to transmit advanced... Read More

FDA Import Complaince

FDA Regulatory Compliance: If you haven’t noticed we would have to say that the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has been advised to turn up the heat on import compliance.  This is strictly our opinion but locally we have seen FDA exam and sample more importations with the apparent end result being compliance to all FDA import regulations such as: the cosmetic labeling act; food labeling act; and other import regulations.  Importers are advised to ensure their their labels,... Read More

NAFTA Certificate of Origin – CBP 434 continued use past expiry date “okay”.

The CBP 434 (NAFTA Certificate of Origin Certificate) expired on March 31, 2012.  CBP has approved its extended use until a new form has been approved.  Following is the posting by CBP.  (Posted by Sanders Brokerage Services): Please be advised that CBP is aware that the most current CBP Form 434, “NAFTA Certificate of Origin,” available on the CBP website at, lists a March 31, 2012, expiration date. Notwithstanding the expiration date, the trade may... Read More

Goods returned to the USA – CBP and 9801.00 Provisions

C.B.P.  and the 9801.00 Provisions of the Tariff Schedule:  Things ebb and flow with any government agencies.  Current hot topics, catch phrases, the issues of the week frequently change.  Recently C.B.P. has impressed upon the trade (importing public) of the need for full compliance with the duty free provisions of 9801.00.  These include the return of U.S. manufactured articles, the return of goods following a trade show, circus, scientific or education endeavor abroad (perhaps in Canada),... Read More


FDA is rolling out their new web based “Entry Status” system known as MARCS and ITACS.  Users can track FDA entry status changes on FDA regulated commodity lines.  Additionally users can upload import / label / documents and such to the FDA’s ITACS website thereby providing immediate information to the FDA Compliance Officer working the importation. Currently the system is available to all users and individuals who desire to access or use the website.  User log in and password... Read More