Valuable Links from the Import and Customs Experts at Transmark Customs Brokers
If you’re looking for a valuable resource on importation, customs clearances, and logistics, you’re in the right place. The experts at Transmark Customs Brokers have compiled a list of general links, and air and ocean carriers for your convenience. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, contact Transmark Customs Brokers today.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the most visible U.S. Federal agency dealing with import shipments, but Customs also enforces the requirements of more than 50 other Federal agencies.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates imports of many types of products, including:
Food for human or animal consumption
Chewing gum and similar products
Health and beauty products (from sunscreen to antibiotics)
Medical devices (from lice combs to heart-lung machines, and from scalpels to stethoscopes)
Lasers and products that contain them (from CD and DVD players to steel-cutting industrial laser systems)
Products that emit electromagnetic radiation (from microwave ovens to medical diagnostic equipment)
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulates many types of wild plants and animals, including endangered species and potential pests. FWS deals with plants, animals, and products made from them in many forms, including:
Wild animal meats
Shells of snails, turtles, and other marine animals
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the Department of Agriculture regulates imports of meat, poultry, and eggs, and many products that contain them.
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the Department of Agriculture oversees many aspects of importing both wild and domestic plants and animals.
Within APHIS, Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) deals with many types of plant pests and diseases, and issues permits for import of many types of products that could be carriers of these pests or diseases.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees imports of automobiles and other vehicles, and most types of automobile parts and equipment. Information on vehicle importation and certification requirements and the HS-7 reporting form is available on-line.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates many types of consumer electronics, as well as professional broadcasting equipment.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the Treasury Department regulates import and labeling of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, and administers internal revenue taxes on imports of firearms and ammunition.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) administers import permits and other controls on firearms and ammunition.
The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls of the State Department oversees imports and exports of munitions, military supplies, and other items subject to defense trade controls.
The International Trade Administration (ITA) of the Department of Commerce administers several types of special trade programs, including those for licensing of steel imports and administration of anti-dumping duties.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) regulates safety issues for many types of consumer products, from children’s toys to furniture and wearing apparel. Recent product safety initiatives have greatly expanded CPSC’s active regulation of many types of imported products.
Many other agencies have specific responsibilities for very specific types of imported products. Some types of products are regulated by two or more agencies, each agency being responsible for different aspects of the product. In this situation, the importer is responsible for meeting the requirements of each of the agencies with jurisdiction over the product.
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