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"In today's earnings-driven world nothing impacts the bottom line and increases compliance faster than implementing a direct filing program. Companies that have developed a sophisticated direct filing program consistently drive compliance rates to the top while capturing significant savings. It's the future."

- Karin Smith,
CEO of CustomsNow™

Why Direct File with CustomsNow™?

Do-It-Yourself Has Never Saved So Much

In a time where companies are looking to outsource processes to save money, direct filing is the one process that every importer should perform in-house. The savings are substantial and the compliance improvement is real.

Today, most importers are highly qualified and already do 75% of a direct filing program:

  • Classify products
  • Provide electronic data to brokers
  • Direct relationship with CBP and OGAs
  • Pay duties directly
  • Arrange inland delivery
  • Audit entries

What’s missing? Missing is the technology to transmit the data to Customs and the knowledge of how to bring together all the pieces for a successful direct filing program. That’s why CustomsNow™ stands out: we are not only a technology provider, but a highly experienced professional services company that is with you every step of the way.

Key Highlights for Direct Filing:

  • It’s not an “all or none” proposition: roll out what makes the most sense
  • All entry types can be direct filed: Food & Drug (FDA), quota, anti-dumping, foreign trade zone, reconciliation and more
  • Ocean, air and land-border imports can be filed direct
  • Direct filing helps hold vendors to a higher standard

A Growing Trend

A recent Aberdeen report reveals that 74% of all companies (and 94% of the Best-in-Class) are currently in the process of improving their global trade compliance practices, with an additional 21% planning to begin improvements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does an importer need a license to file entries?

No, the company does not need to be licensed, nor does the importer need to employ a licensed broker. Importers are allowed to file entries on their own behalf per 19 CFR 111.2(a)(2).

What about the customs broker?

Don’t fire the broker – continue to use their service for the more difficult entries as well as a support layer for local port needs.

Does direct filing require additional staffing?

Not necessarily, as each company’s situation varies. However, we’ve found that a typical, mid-sized importer already has the necessary staff to roll out a direct filing program.

How long does it take to get started?

It takes up to six weeks to get a filer code from CBP. However, access to the ABI system for training and testing can begin immediately. Most companies are able to direct file entries within eight weeks.

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Did You Know?

As an importer, you can legally file any type of import entry in any U.S. port without a license.
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