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Global Compliance

Companies should have a comprehensive understanding of their customs function. So, when the function resides outside the company (i.e., with a customs broker), they may not have great visibility to their transactions, subjecting them to potential liabilities.

Our professionals can review internal procedures and make recommendations for compliance improvement or even build a compliance program from the ground floor up.

TRANSACTION MONITORING - ITRAC

The close monitoring and review of your entry data allows you to gain visibility and identify opportunities for improvement. By submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with Customs, you can obtain this collection of data is known as Importer Trade Activity (ITRAC). Utilizing this data, our professionals can conduct a thorough review which can:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of their U.S. import operations
  • Reduce risk of penalties and fines for not complying with Customs and trade laws
  • Identify duty savings and potential planning opportunities

It is a best practice to request import data from Customs at least once every five years.

ASSESSMENTS

We can assess your current compliance processes in all areas, including valuation, classification, free trade agreements, special trade programs, recordkeeping, and more. Our assessments include benchmarking, best practices, score carding and recommendations for improvements.

Conducting initial and annual assessments of your compliance processes shows reasonable care!

CLASSIFICATION

Consistent and properly classified merchandise results in higher compliance rates and ensures maximum duty savings. Our consultants can help you establish a “best-in-class” classification system/process and also review your existing classification database for potential risks and/or duty savings.

Classification is the foundation of compliance as it drives duty, special trade programs, quotas, and much more.

VALUATION

Certain payments, even ones that were paid outside of the purchase order, may be subject to customs duties. Payments for things such as assists, commissions, royalties, cost sharing agreements, management fees, price adjustments, and other indirect payments to the seller require careful scrutiny and rigorous recordkeeping to ensure compliance.

Our consultants can help you with these additional payments as well as prove your valuation method and review your transfer pricing agreements to ensure they meet CBP standards, which in most cases is different than IRS standards. We can also work with your tax professionals to fill in any Customs gaps when developing a transfer pricing agreement between related parties.

Valuation is one of the most highly scrutinized areas in a Customs audit.

CUSTOMS-TRADE PARTNERSHIP AGAINST TERRORISM (C-TPAT)

C-TPAT is a partnership between Customs and the trade community for securing global supply chains and facilitating legitimate cargo. Although voluntary, it is highly encouraged by Customs, who offers certain benefits to members. By joining C-TPAT companies to optimize their internal and external management of assets and functions while at the same time improving security. Our professionals can help you though the entire process from preparation to validation and beyond.

Enhanced security practices increase supply chain performance!

IMPORTER SELF ASSESMENT (ISA)

ISA is a voluntary trade facilitation partnership program for trade compliant, C-TPAT companies to assume responsibility for managing their own compliance, in exchange for less CBP oversight. Participation can bring your company greater business certainty, more accurate data, increased control, and less CBP intrusion. We can help you though the necessary steps when considering participation.

Exemption from comprehensive audits and focused assessments are some of the benefits.

TRAINING

We can provide a tailored training program to fit your company’s needs, whether you are doing an on-going Customs training program or a “how-to” program for new hires or other departments.

CBP expects importers to attend outside training and to provide internal training throughout the company.

EXPORT CONTROLS

All defense items, technologies, and services, such as firearms and explosives as well as any commercial and dual-use items(items that have both commercial and military usage) are subject to various export controls. We have a dedicated Export Controls staff that specializes in Commerce Department export controls and State Department export controls, including export classification, export licensing, deemed exports, and export management systems.

We can help you develop an export controls system to ensure compliance with the above regulatory agencies.

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Did You Know?

In all focused assessment audits, the top 3 areas with unacceptable compliance were value, duty free provisions and classification. CBP, AAEI Western Regional Conference, 2010.

Top 10 Compliance Best Practices

  1. Management Commitment
  2. Establish Compliance Goals
  3. Develop Formal Policies & Procedures
  4. Establish Training Programs
  5. Conduct Internal Control Reviews
  6. Create a CBP Compliance Group
  7. Gain Access to Executives for Needed Resource
  8. Develop Compliance Requirements for Suppliers
  9. Establish a Record Keeping Program
  10. Partner with Customs & Border Protection