Ocean Clearance Services
Customs clearance is required for ocean cargo importations into the United States after your ISF Filing is completed. The customs entry declaration is prepared by our Customs Brokers to CBP which contains the financial details of your shipment, import duty and fees and other shipment details which CBP requires to determine the admissibility of your goods and if an exam is needed.
In addition to providing the customs entry declaration to CBP. The customs broker will also help coordinate and check if there are any payments due to the local US freight delivery agents, port terminals and the warehouses. Customs Broker also assist any the event of any customs exam.
We specialize in customs clearance services for importers ranging from small to large volume importers ,and also a Nationally Licensed Customs Broker authorized for customs clearance for all U.S.A Ports. No matter what your import volume is, we treat each importer just as important and look forward to working with you from your initial ISF Filing to the delivery of goods to your door.
What is a Formal Entry and when is it required?
If your goods are valued over $2,500 or subject to any other Partnered Government Agency clearance such as FDA, EPA or USDA. A formal entry is required to be filed with US Customs. A Formal Entry requires a customs bond in order to protect the financial interests of US Customs and to ensure the importer are meeting their obligations.
What is an Informal Entry and what are the benefits?
If your goods are valued at $2,500 or below, and does not require additional clearances from other government agencies such as FDA, USDA and EPA, and are not subject to anti-dumping / counter-veiling duties, then you can opt to file an informal entry. Informal entries offer lower costs on fees and does not require a customs bond. Often times informal entries are used for personal goods or small imports.
Informal Entry benefits
1. No need for US Customs Bond
2. Merchandise Processing Fee is $2.00, instead of $25 minimum or .3464% not to exceed $485.
3. Can be used for commercial and personal importations.
4. Liquidated at time of release
While a majority of goods under $2500 can filed as Informal, some trade sensitive goods such as textiles and quota items are exempted a lower value of $800.
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