Customs 101: Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)

What is the Harmonized Tariff Schedule? The Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) is a system to classify traded goods based on their material composition, product name, and/or intended function. An important function of the HTS is to determine the rate of duty [...]

2018-08-13T16:17:56+00:00September 6th, 2018|Commercial Trade, Customs 101, Household Goods|

Section 232 Tariffs: U.S Imposes Additional Duties on Steel and Aluminum

Section 232 Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel Importers in the trade of Steel and Aluminum are beginning to experience changes to their business practices after Section 232: Tariffs on Aluminum and Steel took effect. This resulted in a 25 percent duty [...]

2018-09-10T13:17:47+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Commercial Trade|

Section 301: Additional Tariffs on Chinese Imports

First and Second List of Section 301 Tariffs Businesses in the importation of products from China are seeing changes in their supply chains. Pursuant to Section 301, additional tariffs are being imposed on products from China after an announcement coming from [...]

2018-08-07T23:23:03+00:00August 8th, 2018|Commercial Trade|

Customs 101: Country of Origin

Are the goods you are importing properly marked with the country of origin? The Country of Origin Marking helps the final buyer know where a product comes from. Country of origin determines duty rates, preferential trade agreements, trade sanctions and import [...]

2018-08-13T16:17:29+00:00July 26th, 2018|Commercial Trade, Customs 101, Household Goods|

Customs 101: Right to Make Entry

Importers know that there are certain requirements that cannot be overlooked when importing goods and merchandise into the United States. New importers frequently get confused with these requirements since there are many sections of information to cover. Among all the requirements, [...]

2018-08-13T16:17:17+00:00July 12th, 2018|Commercial Trade, Customs 101, Household Goods|

Customs 101: Overview of Partner Government Agencies (PGAs)

When you first arrive in the U.S., you’ll notice that one of the first things that greet you is the sight of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). While they work with lots of partner government agencies (PGAs), the CBP [...]

2018-08-13T16:17:05+00:00June 21st, 2018|Commercial Trade, Customs 101, Household Goods|

Customs 101: Modes of Transport Explained: Which type works best?

When it comes to International Shipping and Logistics, choosing the right modes of transport can be a complex problem to tackle. Companies that need to transfer products from point A to point B are often challenged to maximize margins and be [...]

Canadian Border Changes: What’s new?

Canadian Border Changes The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) is Canada’s version of the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency.  They have released their 2018 department plan which includes some interesting Canadian Border Changes. The Canada Assessment and Revenue Management [...]

2018-06-04T12:42:04+00:00May 24th, 2018|Commercial Trade, Household Goods|

Customs 101: Incoterms: Learn Your Terms of Sale

Incoterms are a standard set of terminology used to define key parts of freight forwarding and international commercial transactions. These pre-defined terms were created by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).  Incoterm is a short way to say International Commercial Terms. [...]

2018-08-13T16:16:31+00:00May 17th, 2018|Commercial Trade, Customs 101|