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Import Compliance

The Customs Modernization Act, implemented in 1993, established the clear requirement that importers exercise reasonable care in all matters pertaining to their importations into the United States. In other words, the importer must use reasonable care in ensuring the accuracy of every declaration it makes to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including statements of value, classification and duty rate as well as qualification for any import or tariff preference for which it is claiming eligibility or any exemption it is claiming from an import restriction. This can be a heavy burden for importers of all sizes, which is why the professionals at ST&R and STTAS have created import compliance programs that can be tailored to each client’s needs.

Compliance Reviews, Manuals and Procedures

ST&R and STTAS attorneys, analysts, brokers and trade advisors work closely with our clients to develop compliance programs that take their unique operating environments into account. We assist our clients in developing customs compliance and procedures manuals that document the internal controls and customs compliance procedures used in the day-to-day operations of their business. We also conduct compliance reviews to assist companies with identifying and correcting any deficiencies in their internal controls. During these reviews we compare the importer’s practices with the best practices of similar importers with respect to valuation and classification of merchandise, free trade agreements and preference programs, intellectual property rights, antidumping/countervailing duties and record keeping, and we provide affirmative recommendations for change where warranted.

Importer Self-Assessment

For clients wishing to apply for CBP’s Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) program, we offer a simulated ISA pre-application review to pinpoint areas in need of improvement. We help our clients resolve outstanding issues and assist with the ISA preparation and review processes. Please note that eligibility for the ISA program is contingent upon being accepted into the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Program.

Informed Compliance: Customs and Trade Training

Today’s international trade and customs environment calls for companies transacting international business to operate in an atmosphere of informed compliance. Not only is this vital to success in today’s global marketplace, it is also a CBP requirement. Our Training & Education Program offers many course topics covering the most recent developments on everything international companies need to know to start an import or export compliance program, address specific customs or trade-related issues, and keep up-to-date with changes in trade-related laws and regulations.

Our internationally recognized education programs have been an important component of multinational and Fortune 500 companies’ education and training since 1977. We have been preparing professionals for the customs broker license examination for more than 35 years and the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) has certified our courses for Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) education credits. Taught by former U.S. Customs officials, attorneys, auditors, economists, trade analysts, licensed customs brokers, and import and export specialists, our courses are current, relevant and designed with the busy professional in mind.

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