CBP

Questions and answers about CBP

  • EXCESSIVE CBP INSPECTION TIMING

    QUESTION: I understand that Customs may inspect any shipment entering the USA, but I’ve had a shipment on inspection hold now for 14 days. We will be in breach of contract with our customer if we cannot deliver soon. Is there any avenue available where I can at least state my case, as a responsible […]

  • Customs reportable quantity

    QUESTION: The issue of how we report quantities to US Customs came up today when we ship boxes or containers that contain 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 individual pieces. For example, HS Code 7013.22.2000, lead crystal stemware drinking glasses, has a reporting quantity of No. A lot times we ship in 1 box but […]

  • CBP INTERNAL CONTROL ELEMENTS

    QUESTION: We all know that Customs expects imports to have implemented adequate internal controls such as control environment, risk assessments, etc., in order to exercise reasonable care, avoid penalties, get into the ISA program, etc. When I go to find here on Customs website these elements (five?) are actually listed, it is incredibly difficult to […]

  • CEE Management Visits [S]

    QUESTION: We were just informed by CBP CEE personnel that they would like to do a “Importer Visit”.  We have quarterly calls with CEE personnel but this is the first time they have asked to come on the premises.  They also want to visit one of our local factories.  Can anyone share their experience?  Do […]

  • FRONT DESK CBP PREPAREDNESS TRAINING

    QUESTION: I am wondering if any ICPA members could share a high level presentation for training front desk personnel for a CBP visit. This would not get into the details of any one company’s internal policy. Rather, this would introduce front desk reception folks on reasonable care, importance of being prepared, and the possibility that […]

  • CBP MITIGATING WPM PENALTIES

    QUESTION: We understand that under new (2017) guidance on non-compliant wood packaging material (WPM), CBP is issuing penalty notices against first offenders at 100% of the value of the merchandise. We have heard that for entries involving unmarked WPM, CBP is mitigating those penalties to 3% of value or sometimes $500. Any experience with mitigation […]

  • CBP PORT ACCOUNT MANAGERS

    QUESTION:   Is the Port Account Manager program still in place?   How does a company determine if they have a port account manager?   We were assigned a Port Account Manager over 15 years ago. We have not reached out to the manager for advice since 2013. We have not heard from her either […]

  • CBP AUDIT STATS

    QUESTION: I am preparing for internal training; and I am looking to add some numbers related to CBP audits. – How many audits CBP have done the last two years 2014-2015? – How much was the revenue collected/to be collected in the result of these audits? Is this information available to the public? ================== ANSWER: […]

  • INFORMED COMPLIANCE DVD FROM CBP

    QUESTION: Has anyone received an overnight package from CBP, entitled “Distribution of Informed Compliance Publications and Other Informative Documents”? The package contains a DVD with selected CBP informed compliance publications in order to help the recipient “understand[] CBP’s laws and regulations.” It also requires a return signature to CBP acknowledging receipt of all these items. […]

  • QUESTION ON CONFIDENTIAL MANIFEST DATA

    Question: It has come to my companys attention that there is a database company out there that provides Market Research data, specifically market and competition data using U.S. Customs Data. They state that they obtain the U.S. Customs data from ocean carrier manifests with complete shipping details on shipper, consignee, commodity, origin and destination among […]

  • CUSTOMS COST REIMBURSEMENT

    Question: We had a critical hand carry this past weekend get detained at the airport because the morning staff at CBP neglected to pass documents to the nights staff (verbal explanation provided by a CBP officer on duty).  As a result of the delay we had to charter a couple of planes this past weekend.   […]

  • CBP WEBSITE REDESIGN

    Question: Has anyone in the membership been able to find the index for the informed compliance publications since CBP relaunched their website? ********** Answers: You have to go under “Trade” then “For the Trade Community”, then under “Rulings and Legals” which is where you find the HTS, and CROSS section. While you are under “For […]