Avoiding Surprises with Customs Duties

With the ever-increasing complexity of import compliance, the need for a classification matrix has never been greater. A classification matrix is a list of your products and their associated HTS classifications, duty rates, and more. A best practice that we often see neglected is adding any partner government agency requirements, for example, those required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Commission (F&W), and others, as well as free trade agreement opportunities. 

A sophisticated broker can import a customer's matrix into an operations software to ensure absolute consistency of entry processing. This gives the customer direct control over what is reported to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on their behalf. 

Explore this best practice further by reaching out to Sean McClung, Janel Group's Director of Compliance, at smcclung@janelgroup.com or (401) 727-1776 x114.

We look forward to showing you how we can optimize your compliance program!