US Customs Compliance

As a certified U.S. Customs Broker, with offices in Houston and Calgary,

JORI Logistics is your transportation partner anywhere in North America. 

The fines and penalties for customs non-compliance in the U.S. are far greater than Canada. U.S. Customs can review past import documents up to a 5-year history and if any discrepancies are found, can retroactively charge fines, penalties and more frequent audits. Having a strong relationship with your customs broker helps us liaise with Customs Border Patrol on your behalf.

Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. customs compliance involves adhering to regulations and laws established by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when importing or exporting goods into and out of the United States. It ensures that businesses follow the necessary protocols for lawful and seamless trade operations.
Common documents include a commercial invoice, bill of lading, packing list, and any specific documentation related to the type of goods being imported or exported. Accurate and complete documentation is essential for customs compliance.
The HS code is a globally recognized system for classifying products. To determine the correct code for your products, you can refer to the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) or seek guidance from a customs expert. Ensuring accurate classification is important for calculating the appropriate duties and taxes.
Using a customs broker in the US is optional, but it can significantly streamline the customs clearance process. Customs Brokers are professionals who are equipped to help with documentation, ensure compliance, and facilitate communication with customs authorities.

Non-compliance with U.S. customs regulations can lead to various consequences, including:

  • Penalties and Fines:
    • The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can impose fines for violations of customs regulations. The amount varies based on the severity of the non-compliance.
  • Seizure of Goods:
    • Customs authorities have the authority to seize goods that do not comply with regulations..
  • Customs Delays:
    • Non-compliance can lead to delays in the customs clearance process..
  • Increased Scrutiny:
    • Businesses with a history of non-compliance may face more thorough inspections, audits, and additional administrative requirements.
  • Loss of Trade Preferences:
    • If goods are eligible for preferential treatment under trade agreements, non-compliance may lead to the loss of such preferences.
  • Impact on Business Reputation:
    • Consistent non-compliance issues can harm the reputation of a business. 
  • Legal Consequences:
    • Serious cases of non-compliance may lead to legal action.
  • Loss of Privileges:
    • Businesses that consistently fail to comply with customs regulations may lose certain privileges, such as participation in trusted trader programs or expedited customs clearance processes.
  • Supply Chain Disruptions:
    • Non-compliance can disrupt supply chain operations..
  • Customs Bond Forfeiture:
    • Importers are often required to have a customs bond. Non-compliance could lead to the forfeiture of the bond, impacting the ability to import goods.
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