Expedite Customs Clearance with Help from Transmark Customs Brokers’ Import Checklist

The following import checklist was created to help ensure your imported goods swiftly clear customs. Transmark Customs Brokers’ expert customs clearance team can help you handle import logistics and will customize a solution that meets your business needs. As always, when you have any questions, feel free to give us a call. You will find that our decades of industry experience save you money and minimize the risk of border hassles.

  • Item #1 – Verify that your supplier correctly prepares your commercial invoice

Sloppy paperwork from the shipper can cause clearance delays and may even result in unnecessary duty fees. Your commercial invoice should clearly describe the items being imported and tell the complete story that you want customs to understand. It should contain a description of all included goods, including quantity, selling price, weight, and other relevant information. Make sure that invoices are neatly prepared and legible, not handwritten. Be sure your shipper is detailed, precise, and accurate.

  • Item #2 – Packing lists should match their invoices

Packing lists accompany most shipments from foreign countries. They contain vital information for shippers, transportation companies, customers, and border agents, and should match what appears on the commercial invoice.

Most imported goods are required to be marked to show their country of origin, and commercial invoices should include country of origin data. There are certain exceptions to this rule. For example, individual pieces of fruit would not have to be marked, but the container holding the fruit would have to be marked.

  • Item #4 – Make sure your supplier is doing their job

Problems with customs clearance are often the result of sloppy paperwork by the shipper, or failure to provide required documents or other information. You should make sure that all packing, labeling, and invoicing are detailed and accurate. We have helped clients significantly reduce their import duty simply by ensuring that their shipper's paperwork was neat and thorough.

  • Item #5 – Develop a relationship with our expert staff

If you are unsure about any aspect of product imports, such as how to properly pack your commodities for shipment, simply talk to a Transmark Customs Brokers agent to learn more. You can also put your trust in our customs brokerage team because we have long-lasting relationships with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other regulatory agencies, developed and nurtured over extended periods.

  • Item #6 – Comply with all laws governing your imported products

Other government agencies oversee imports that fall under their jurisdiction. For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the import of fruits, vegetables, and pharmaceuticals, just to name a few. You should be fully aware of the regulations of all applicable agencies.

  • Item #7 – Work with an experienced customs broker

Correct product classification and the use of the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) require knowledge, experience, and a touch of creativity. Save money and time by letting Transmark Customs Brokers help you to reduce the risk of unnecessary scrutiny of your import shipment.

Our import checklist is a great place to start a conversation. Contact us today to develop your own customized import solution.

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