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ISA case study: The Container Store

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The Container Store was looking to get Importer Self Assessment (ISA)-certified, but ran into a roadblock from CBP. Learn how Livingston helped the retailer achieve ISA status.

Understanding Electronic Export Information filing


Are you exporting goods out of the United States? Remember, anything you ship outside of the U.S. is considered an export – and as such, has certain requirements and responsibilities that go along with it. One of those requirements is filing export information. Filing your export information electronically If the goods you’re exporting are valued… Read more »

Importer Security Filing: 10 required data elements


ISF enforcement is happening. As of July 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is assessing liquidated damages against importers whose Importer Security Filing (ISF) is missing, late or inaccurate. These fines can reach as high as $5,000 per infraction. Make sure you’re prepared. Our helpful guide, “Importer Security Filing: 10 required data elements” lists in… Read more »

10 facts about 10+2: Requirements for U.S. importers


Following the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection introduced the concept of 10+2 – 10 required data elements from importers (and two from carriers) that helps Customs decide which containers need more examination and which can move on. As of July 2013, full enforcement of… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Other Government Department requirements


Shipping into Canada can be challenging – especially if you haven’t ensured that your goods aren’t affected by Other Government Department (OGD) regulations. There are three critical steps that you need to take to ensure that you are complying with OGD requirements: Identify the goods that require special permits, and obtain permits Ensure that your customs… Read more »

Shipping to Canada: Nine Steps to Clearing Your Goods at the Border


Understanding how the goods you export to Canada clear Customs will help you troubleshoot problems and avoid lengthy border delays. There are a number of steps that you should be familiar with, including the following: Filling out customs documentation; Having paperwork submitted to CBSA; and Completing a B3 form The above steps may seem simple,… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: Overview of the release process


When exporting goods to the U.S., knowledge of the required documentation and release methods will help you troubleshoot problems and avoid costly border delays. Your release documentation must include some critical information, such as the following: The name, address and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number of the company where the shipment is being delivered Applicable… Read more »

Shipping to the U.S.: Roles and responsibilities of key players


Exporting to the U.S. is a multi-stage process that involves many different parties. The following are key players involved in the export of a shipment: Importer Exporter Carrier Customs broker U.S. Customs and Border Protection Do you know which of the above is responsible for paying all duties and taxes to U.S. Customs? Or who… Read more »

Common Canadian shipping acronyms


Ever wondered just what the “AMPS” in “AMPS penalty” stands for? Or just what the DFAIT is? Customs and trade, like most industries, relies on a fair amount of jargon and acronyms. Livingston is here to help. Our experts have put together a handy list of common acronyms to help you sort out who’s who… Read more »

Time is money: 10 tips to avoid border delays


Did you know that incomplete or inaccurate documentation are among the most common reasons for border delays? Delays at the border can be a nuisance at best and a supply chain nightmare at worst. These delays are frustrating, stressful and costly – and they’re also avoidable. Ensuring that your documents are complete, correct and legible… Read more »