We can assist with all your import freight forwarding shipping service requirements via air or ocean.
- Customs clearance & release (Entry Summary – 7501)
- IT/IE/T&E (Form 7512) preparation and arrangement
- Importer Security Filing (ISF, 10+2) & bond (if required)
- FDA/USDA & Other government agencies clearance & release
- Carnet & Temporary import in-bond clearance
- Automated Manifest System – AMS
- Unaccompanied Household personal goods entry clearance (Form 3299)
- Bonds (Continuous or Single Entry)
Airline Cargo Services Inc is here to help importers assist with the answers you need to speed up and simplify the customs process. Imports are any resources, goods, or services that producers in one country sell to buyers in another country. Some types of goods and services require a license or permit to import into the U.S. as a part of your business and below is some information for your import requirements.
Import License or Permit
In most cases, you will not need a license to import goods into the U.S. But, for certain goods being imported, some agencies may require a license, permit, or other certification.
Follow this checklist to avoid problems when importing:
- Check the requirements of federal agencies. Guidelines from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) describe the types of items that may require a license or permit, with contact information for the related agency.
- Contact the local port of entry you’ll use to import your goods for import requirements and other information about the process.
- Even if you do not need an import license, you must fill out CBP entry forms within 15 calendar days of the date that your shipment arrives at a U.S. port of entry. Make sure to provide your importer number on all these forms. ◦ Your importer number is your IRS business registration number. If you do not have this number or you do not own a business, then your importer number is your Social Security number (SSN).
You may also request a CBP assigned number by completing CBP Form 5106 and presenting it to the entry branch at a CBP port of entry.
- ISF – Import Security Filing for all import shipments arriving by ocean into the United States. This formality is required prior to export from the last foreign port to avoid penalty.
- Cargo Insurance – Cargo insurance, sometimes referred to as freight insurance provides a cost effective way of covering your freight for physical loss or damage to goods in transit.
- Customs Bonds – A Customs bond is required when importing merchandise for commercial purposes that are valued over $2,500 or a commodity subject to other federal agencies requirements (i.e. ATF or FDA).
- Customs Clearance – We enable companies to bring goods into the U.S. from another country. A simple way to think about customs clearance is an electronic notification given by customs to an importer to show that customs has released their shipment and it can be shipped to its final U.S. destination.
- Duty Drawback – In addition to standard U.S. Customs clearances, we can assist you with duty drawback. This is a U.S. Customs program that allows exporters to receive a refund of 99% of the import duties paid, based on product and procedure qualifications.
2. Entry Process
When a shipment reaches the United States, the importer of record (i.e., the owner, purchaser, or licensed customs broker designated by the owner, purchaser, or consignee) will file entry documents for the goods with the port director at the goods’ port of entry. Imported goods are not legally entered until after the shipment has arrived within the port of entry, delivery of the merchandise has been authorized by CBP, and estimated duties have been paid. It is the importer of record’s responsibility to arrange for examination and release of the goods.
NOTE: In addition to contacting CBP, importers should check on other agencies when questions arise about particular commodities. For example, questions about products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration should be forwarded to the nearest FDA district office or to the Import Division, FDA Headquarters. The same is true for alcohol, tobacco, firearms, wildlife products (furs, skins, shells), motor vehicles, and other products and merchandise regulated by the other federal agencies for which CBP enforces entry laws.
Within 15 calendar days of the date that a shipment arrives at a U.S. port of entry, entry documents must be filed at a location specified by the port director.
These documents are:
- Entry Manifest (CBP Form 7533) or Application and Special Permit for Immediate Delivery (CBP Form 3461) or other form of merchandise release required by the port director,
- Evidence of right to make entry,
- Commercial invoice or a pro forma invoice when the commercial invoice cannot be produced,
- Packing lists, if appropriate,
- Other documents necessary to determine merchandise admissibility.
If the goods are to be released from CBP custody at the time of entry, an entry summary for consumption must be filed and estimated duties deposited at the port of entry within 10 working days of the goods’ entry.
The entry must be accompanied by evidence that a bond has been posted with CBP to cover any potential duties, taxes, and charges that may accrue. Bonds may be secured through a resident U.S. surety company, but may be posted in the form of United States currency or certain United States government obligations.
In the event that a customs broker is employed for the purpose of making entry, the broker may permit the use of his bond to provide the required coverage.
Entry Summary Documentation
Following presentation of the entry, the shipment may be examined, or examination may be waived. The shipment is then released if no legal or regulatory violations have occurred.
Entry summary documentation is filed and estimated duties are deposited within 10 working days of the entry of the merchandise at a designated customhouse.
Entry summary documentation consists of:
- Return of the entry package to the importer, broker, or his authorized agent after merchandise is permitted release,
- Entry summary (CBP Form 7501),
- Other invoices and documents necessary to assess duties, collect statistics, or determine that all import requirements have been satisfied. This paper documentation can be reduced or eliminated by using features of the ABI.
3. Right To Make Entry
Entry By Importer-Merchandise arriving in the United States by commercial carrier must be entered by the owner, purchaser, his or her authorized regular employee, or by the licensed customs broker designated by the owner, purchaser, or consignee. U.S. CBP officers and employees are not authorized to act as agents for importers or forwarders of imported merchandise, although they may give all reasonable advice and assistance to inexperienced importers.
Customs brokers are the only persons who are authorized by the tariff laws of the United States to act as agents for importers in the transaction of their customs business. Customs brokers are private individuals or firms licensed by CBP to prepare and file the necessary customs entries, arrange for the payment of duties found due, take steps to effect the release of the goods in CBP custody, and otherwise represent their principals in customs matters. The fees charged for these services may vary according to the customs broker and the extent of services performed.
When a customs broker makes entry, a CBP power of attorney is made in the name of the customs broker. This power of attorney is given by the person or firm for whom the customs broker is acting as agent. Ordinarily, the authority of an employee to make entry for his or her employer is established most satisfactorily by a CBP power of attorney.