Importers of goods into the U.S. are responsible for complying with the U.S. Customs laws and regulations, as well as any other government agency regulations applicable to the importation of their specific goods. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for enforcing not only its own laws and regulations, but also the laws and regulations of numerous other government agencies relating to imported goods, including the regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC); U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); Census Bureau; Department of Commerce; Department of State; Federal Communications Commission (FCC); the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT).
CBP has full authority to assess penalties and liquidated damages claims and to seize merchandise for violations of the Customs laws and for violations of any of these other agency regulations applicable to imported goods. Navigating and interpreting these various laws and regulations can be quite complex.
Importers are expected by CBP to be knowledgeable of all of the requirements relating to the importation of their goods into the U.S. The following are examples of the various elements of the entry process with which importers are expected to comply:
Our law firm can help importers better understand the laws applicable to the importation of their specific goods. We can also assist importers obtain relief from any action taken by CBP for any alleged violations of the Customs laws or any laws enforced by CBP. The services that our firm provides to importers include: