Importing to the USA
9 Points for the Importer of Record and the process of Reasonable care
What can you do to meet requirements:
- Investigate government requirements in regards to a specific type of product and review the U.S. importer of record requirements
- Save the link to the online Harmonized Tariff Schedule for reference.
- Create a tariff database to use, it will minimise errors. Schedule a monthly review and update the database as necessary.
- Work with a licensed expert or NVOCC/Freight Forwarder for consultation and guidance. Having someone helping at Origin Port will save a lot of headaches.
- Have purchase order instructions that match invoice requirements.
- Train and provide procedures for employees to be compliant at Origin Port, Document processes for classification, valuation, certificates of origin verification, etc.. Simplify procedures
- Review invoices and documentation to adjust for compliance.
- Depend on more than one set of eyes. Customs Brokers can make mistakes. It is the responsibility of the business owner to review entries and create processes that reduce the possibility of re-occurrence.
- Set up clear and comprehensive record keeping. Know the documents to be kept, how they should be stored and how long they should be kept.
International Trade around the Globe means Change, you must make sure you have an internal process that ensures compliance and that the process are updated regularly. Shipments on a Global basis require multiple parties to work together in a streamlined manner with great communication. Shipping is easy, Compliance is crucial, mistakes are costly.