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Import Compliance


'No matter how bad a child is, he is still good for a tax deduction.'
- American Proverbs

With the passage of the Mod Act, importers bear the burden to correctly quantify, value, classify, and comply with all import laws. U.S Customs & Border Protection [CBP] has initiated aggressive auditing programs granulating down to statistical data fields, in an effort to make companies aware of the seriousness of national import compliance. The fines, penalties and forfeitures can be steep, including business interruption as the CBP will inspect and warehouse your shipments once you are deemed an 'unacceptable risk'. In addition, your external auditors are reviewing international trade as a significant process under Sarbanes-Oxley. Compliance is not an option. Each business importing into a country has the following requirements:

Properly list quantity, value, classification and statistical information of all imported goods.

  • Application of assists to value of goods.
  • The meaning of de minimus value.
  • Intellectual property rights protection.
  • Selection of correct incoterms.
  • TIB or inward processing requirements.
  • Foreign Trade Zones & Bonded Warehousing.
  • NAFTA certification and documentation requirements.
  • Accurately document suppliers, COO and MFG affidavits.
  • Related party pricing; advanced pricing agreements.
  • Obtain appropriate rulings from Customs.
  • C-TPAT program.
  • Training of internal staff or agents.
  • Record retention.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.

L&V develops Import Management Systems that include an Import Compliance Manual, policies & practices that strategically fit your company. It is designed as a comprehensive review of your import activities and is the best way to demonstrate that your business is not at an "unacceptable risk" to CBP. In addition, we review your customs broker performance. We can provide you with quarterly broker error reports that enable you to make import corrections within the timeframe the law allows. If necessary, we can survey broker RFQ's to assess and evaluate a new broker program.

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300 Brickstone Square
Suite 201

Andover, MA 01810
T: +1-978-749-9900
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