Customs Compliance Procedures and Programs

An importer is required to exercise "reasonable care" in importing merchandise into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has emphasized that while written customs compliance policies and procedures may not be required under the law, they go a long way towards ensuring than an importer is acting with "reasonable care." In fact, under CBP's current audit program, the Focused Assessment (FA) program, one of the first items CBP will ask an importer for is its written customs compliance policies and procedures.

Global Trade Expertise has assisted many clients in developing and drafting customs compliance policies and procedures manuals, as well as very practical desktop manuals that describe day-to-day processes and procedures. Global Trade Expertise can work with you to develop practical manuals and procedures that will actually be used by your employees (rather than voluminous documents full of legalese).