Common Questions

Questions and answers about Common Questions

  • ANSWERS TO Question on Practical Work Experience Import/ Export Field

    QUESTION: Looking for advice from the membership about how to obtain work experience in the import/export industry and best method(s) to approach a potential career move. I’ve spent the last 5+ yrs. attaining the broker license, attending workshops & courses to learn/hone classification skills, NCBFAA CES, etc. Yet, when perusing job openings and calculating my […]


    QUESTION: I’m the trade compliance manager for a company that has several divisions operating as separate entities (own EIN/IOR). I only have ACE access to one entity/IOR. If I request access for the other companies, are there any concerns with violating the “customs business” reg or would most of the things I can do in […]


    QUESTION: As most companies we have multiple related sites under a common EIN, and a few other related sites under their own separate EIN#.  A situation came up regarding whether or not a US corporations’ Customs Compliance Manager (who has a LCB) can legally help a related party (under a separate EIN)for tasks such as […]

  • Classification Use and/or Principle Use

    Question: Can someone clarify classification and when to consider actual use and/or principal use. I am not comprehending this concept and wondering if some examples of a commodity could be provided or some presentation that will help me remember. *********** ANSWERS: The attached may help. Eo Nomine Tariff Classification13-1255.Opinion.7-30-2014.1 *********** Actual use is the exception […]


    Question: My company has recently opened a new DC in Miami. We intend to ship things from there to customers abroad. Our company headquarters are in Kansas and currently that is the address that we have on our commercial invoices. My question is, if it is shipped out of Miami, should the address on our […]


    Question: Does anyone have a list of what the required fields are for a  U.S. export Commercial Invoice?   Is weight per item a requirement? ========== There are no US export commercial invoice requirements.  The requirements would apply at destination from the customs agency in the destination country.   The US requirements would be to either […]


    Question: Is there an Informed Compliance Publication (ICP) or other documentation which identifies the differences between water resistant, water repellant and water proof ? I looked in the apparel terminology ICP and only water resistant is defined, thanks. ************ ANSWERS Yes there is. See attached.  apparel_coated ************ See HTS Chapter 62, Additional U.S. Notes #2. […]


    Question: I am curious.  In order to conduct “Customs Business” is a licensed customs broker (LCB) required to have a permit?  I do know if the LCB is going to transmit via ABI/ACE, than a permit will be required. However, what if I don’t want to transmit and just give advice ad charge for the […]


      Question: I work for a multinational company. In North America, we are split into 4 different business units, with each BU managing its own import/export compliance. I recently proposed to upper management centralizing our import/export compliance department with examples of how gaps could be closed across business units, cross-functionally, etc. Unfortunately I was unable […]

  • US personhood

      Question:   I’m in the process of updating our tour procedure, which is based on the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM).  Some time ago a DDTC employee told me that a federally issued ID (FAA, FCC, DOC, DOD etc…) is sufficient to prove U.S. Person.  Yes, I know if they won’t put […]

  • Develop Trade Compliance

        Question:   I have accepted a new job, and this job is building a trade compliance program from scratch. This company is ready and willing, but doesn’t know what they don’t know. I need to address both exports and imports. And I want to make sure I’m asking the right questions. (At this […]

  • Made in Tawain content for US military

      Question:   I currently ran across an article titled “Made in Taiwan” Now OK for Sales to US Government on us-government   Could anyone elaborate on what the percentage (if not all) of Taiwanese components are acceptable in U.S. Military goods? The article states that the end product being purchased must be either […]