Depending on the types of goods you import, you will be responsible for various duties, taxes, and fees. Failure to pay your duties, taxes and fees on time or in full can result in additional penalties and fees.
A Customs Brokerage is a full-service customs brokerage firm with a team of highly-experienced and licensed customs brokers. As experts in the customs process, we can help you accurately classify your goods, understand what duties, taxes, and fees you are responsible for, as well as help you navigate other complicated aspects of the import process.
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What Determines Duty Rates?
Duty rates for specific goods can be determined via the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) classification system. The HTS is a reference manual that contains classification codes for a variety of goods, and established duties levied on these goods when they enter the country.
There are several key questions that can determine an item’s classification, including:
- Country of Origin?
- Composition of the item?
- Where was it assembled?
- Commerical description and use of the item
- And more
HTS classification can be relatively complex, often leading to errors in classifying goods. When goods are misclassified, shipments are delayed, and costs go up, so it’s important to seek expert advice to accurately classify your goods and assess duties.
Shippers can use the U.S. International Trade Commission Tariff Database to get an idea of what duties apply to certain products. Upon importance and clearance, U.S. Customs, Border Protection sets the final duty rate for goods entering the country.
Certain goods have reduced duties or are altogether free due to Free Trade Agreements such as USMCA – United States, Canada and Mexico Agreement (former NAFTA – North American Free Trade Agreement). Talk to a customs broker today to learn more about which goods may be exempt and how importers can qualify for these exemptions.
A Customs Brokerage Customs Brokerage Services
At A Customs Brokerage, Your Cargo Concierge, our licensed customs brokers are ready to help you classify your goods and accurately pay all duties, taxes, and fees so that your shipments import in full compliance.
In addition to duty management, we offer a wide range of professional customs brokerage services, including:
- Import Entry Processing
- Remote Location Filing (RLF)
- Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
- Automated Clearing House (ACH)
- Consulting on all Customs Regulations
- And More
Your growth is tied to our growth. We treat our clients as partners and are dedicated to offering fully personalized customs brokerage services to fulfill your business’ specific needs.
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Our team has the skills, knowledge, and expertise necessary to help you get through the complexities of the customs process.
Contact A Customs Brokerage today to learn more about our duty management services and our other customs brokerage offerings.