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The Importers Checklist

By admin on January 28, 2010 in Customs Brokerage, Importing to U.S.

Prior to Shipment
• Fax request for current status.
• Review shipping & payment terms.
• Confirm that Customs Broker has been selected.
• Does Broker have Purchaser’s Power of Attorney?
• Does Purchaser have Customs Bond (Either Single or Continuous)?
• Confirm that supplier will include any Assists in shipment value?
• Confirm that country of origin product marking instructions are being followed.
• Confirm that supplier will use purchaser supplied US Customs Harmonized Number in shipping description.
• Specify to supplier transportation method and routing
• Confirm consignee, notify party, port, & markings and that buyer will receive copy of shipping papers
• Specify forwarder & broker if not included in P. O.
• Confirm that supplier or forwarder has routing.
• Confirm that transportation has been arranged.
• Confirm that freight methods and rates used in original landed cost estimates are being used.
• Confirm that some form of proof of origin will be sent to purchaser (No longer required for Customs Clearance, but may be needed for Customs’ Audit)
• Is an inspection certificate or other certification required & if so, is it complete.
• Confirm special packaging arrangements.
• Confirm hazardous cargo compliance.
• Consider strikes or any other significant International events that may cause delay.
• Confirm that procedure for transportation insurance coverage is being followed.

After Shipment Leaves Supplier
• Confirm that freight forwarder has freight and that booking was made per routing instructions.
• Confirm shipment is on intended vessel/flight.
• Determine if pre-clear through US Customs is possible.
• Check Documents received to insure correct consignee, notify party, destination and markings.
• Confirm forwarder has sent copies of documents to purchaser & broker
• Confirm broker is aware of shipment, has all necessary documents, and has been given inland shipping instructions.
• Prepare info for special clearances such as FDA if required.
• Confirm arrival with broker.
• Confirm Custom clearance with broker
• Obtain pro number, trailer number, name & phone number of inland carrier.
• Confirm inland delivery with inland carrier