Meeting Your Legal Obligations When Exporting From the United States
Whether your company is new to importing, or has been in the business for years, CBP expects importers to use “reasonable care” in reporting your classification (HTSUS), value, country of origin, duty preference program, etc. This is a subjective standard; however you may still want to consult with TITA to make sure you’re on the right track and have the right Pre-Compliance standards in place. The first question CBP will ask is whether or not you have retained an expert (lawyer, customs broker, accountant, or customs consultant) to assist you in complying with CBP requirements. If this answer is no, and you want to import, you need to get an expert, or the penalties for non-compliance can be severe. 19 U.S.C. 1592 is the statute CBP references when issuing penalties for negligence, gross negligence or fraud – depending on the degree of culpability CBP believes you had at the time of your non-compliance. TITA provides customized training to get you started.