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Exporters – Suggestions for Customs Clearance

Suggestions to the Exporter for Faster Customs Clearance of Merchandise:

1. Include all information on your customs invoices.

2. Prepare your invoices carefully. Type them clearly. Allow sufficient space between lines. Keep the data within each column.

3. Make sure the invoices contain the information that would be shown on a well-prepared packing list.

4. Mark and number each package so it can be identified with the corresponding marks and numbers appearing on your invoice.

5. Show a detailed description on your invoice of each item of merchandise contained in each individual package.

6. Mark your goods legibly and conspicuously with the country of origin unless they are exempt from country of origin markings.

7. Comply with any provisions of special laws of the U.S. that may apply to your goods (laws pertaining to food, alcoholic beverages, drugs, cosmetics, etc.).

8. Observe instructions closely with respect to invoicing packaging, marking, labeling, etc., sent to you by your customer in the U.S. He or she has probably made a careful check of requirements that will have to be met when your merchandise arrives.

9. Work with CBP (Customs and Border Protection) to develop packing standards for your commodities.

10. Establish sound security procedures at your facility and while transporting your goods for shipment. Do not give narcotics smugglers the opportunity to introduce narcotics into your shipment.

11. If you are using a customs broker, consider using a firm that participates in the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).