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Articles by Samantha Waites

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You’ve done the paperwork, paid the fees, and filed your ISF form and CBP Entry. Great! But now what? How do you track your ISF status? Moreover, if you’ve sent the additional forms required – particularly the HBL and MBL, how do you validate that all is good and well and that your merchandise is […]

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Global shipping can become a headache if you aren’t aware of all the requirements needed to import your merchandise. Among the foremost is a Customs bond. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires a customs bond for goods entering the country valued at over $2500, or $250 for Chinese goods. In addition, a bond […]

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Cost of Import The total cost of import relies on delivery costs and legal entry into the U.S. Freight forwarders or shipping companies will also offer you their delivery charges. The importer or shipper must provide them with the details of cargo’s weight/size, the chosen means of transport, and the loading and discharge addresses to receive their […]

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A customs bond is required for importing commercial goods into the U.S. worth $2500.00 or more or for Chinese shipments valued at over $250. These bonds are a financial contract to ensure that the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) receives on-time payment of all taxes, duties, and other fees owed to the government. Let’s […]

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Commercial imports valued at more than 2,500 dollars or 250 dollars for items coming in from China must have a customs bond, even if the items are being imported duty free. If you are importing items subject to Food and Drug Administration or similar inspections, a bond is required regardless of the value of the […]

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The Importer Security Filing or ISF form is one used when you’re importing items into the United States. An ISF 10 form is specifically used when you’re importing items via cargo ship. This could be anything from 5,000 custom widgets made in China to a large imported sculpture from the Caribbean. The ISF 10 form […]

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An OTT app or over-the-top app is an application that delivers a product like streaming media through the internet, bypassing traditional distribution channels. OTT apps also allow local channels and webcasts to reach a broader audience, such as when fans want to binge content or watch on their phone instead of their PC. This is […]

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