Whether your shipment originates overseas or here in the U.S., it remains in UNITEDEX’s hands — one company, contact, control, and responsibility — from beginning to end.
Specialized Services for Importers:
- Formal Entries
- Quota Processing
- Live Entries
- In-Bond Transfers
- Immediate Transportation
- Immediate Exportation
- Transportation and Exportation
- Processing by U.S. Government Agencies
- Fish and Wildlife Service
- Food & Drug Administration
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- New York and Miami Import Specialist Binding Rulings
Our customs brokers are highly-trained import professionals, licensed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, possessing a thorough knowledge of tariff schedules and Customs regulations. For every shipment entering the United States there is an official greeting: 500 pages of Customs regulations and thousands of tariff items. Our customs brokers are well versed in determining proper classifications and dutiable value, and are fully aware of the vast number of commodities subject to quotas.
We also perform Automated Entry Processing – Our direct links with the Customs ABI program allows us to enjoy fast entry processing and cargo releases. Automated entry filing also improves compliance rates for importers through consistency of entry data.
US Customs Bonds
A customs bond operates as a guarantee to the US government that any particular importer will abide by every law and regulation that governs importation of merchandise into the US. Customs requires a bond be posted for EVERY import entering into this country. An importer has the responsibility to make their goods available to US Customs for inspection if necessary. This could be for a variety of reasons, such as to ensure proper labeling and packaging. Sometimes transaction records need to be made available for auditing to ensure sufficient duties and fees have been paid. The US Customs Bond is a guarantee that the importer will comply with these U.S. customs regulations.
The most commonly used customs bond is a basic importation and entry bond. This type covers the entry of goods for immediate delivery, consumption, temporary import, warehouse entry and withdrawals. Depending on your needs, an importer can apply for a single transaction customs bond or a continuous customs bond. If you do not ship often, perhaps the single option is better. However, a continuous customs bond remains in force for one year and covers transactions at any U.S. Customs district or port.
In order for a broker to clear shipments on behalf of an importer, using the importer’s own U.S. Customs bond, the importer must provide the broker with a valid U.S. Power of Attorney and a copy of the U.S. customs bond. We are always there to guide you through this process and help give your import shipment an efficient entry into the U.S
Every year the regulations regarding the importation of goods into the United States can change. Increasingly businesses find the need to compete in the global economy. Profits can be made or lost depending on poor classification of incoming merchandise. We have experts on staff to make sure each entry has been done with the right classification and thereby maximize your potential profit margin. Our U.S. Customs specialists can also determine if there are any special duty free programs, such as section 321, that may be available for imported cargo.
Our vast knowledge of the HTS can even assist your product development division in what is the best direction to take. Certain materials may be better than others. Our consulting services can assist and prepare for binding rulings and protest assistance.
We offer a variety of useful reports, such as Landed Duty Paid Reporting, that allow our customers to review and determine their exact costing structures.