JBM CUSTOMS BROKER LLC
IMPORTER SECURITY FILING - Ocean cargo destined for the US requires submission of advanced data prior to departing foreign port. DO NOT ship until you have a power of attorney in place with a US customs broker and have provided the importer security filing data. Require all supply chain business partners to accept and implement the importers ISF requirements.
INVOICES - As a general rule, the original commercial invoice must accompany the shipment. A commercial invoice is the seller's bill of sale for the goods sold, specifying type of goods, quantity and price of each type and terms of sale. Additional information should include country of origin of the goods, currency of sale, and the names and addresses of the buying and selling parties. The U.S. Customs regulations identify additional requirements and information (§§ 141.86 through 141.89) that must be provided on a commercial invoice. A proforma invoice is unacceptable to CBP as valid evidence of the value of the merchandise imported. To adhere to the US Customs regulations an importer must be able to trace the commercial invoice value to an accounts payable transaction.
LACEY ACT - Imports of certain plant and plant products must be accompanied by an import declaration that contains: the scientific name of the plant, value of the importation, the quantity of the plant and the name of the country from where the plant was harvested. Paper and paperboard must also include the average percent of recycled content. General enforcement began 12/08. Phase 3 began 10/1/09 – includes plywood, charcoal, wooden frames, tableware, wood statutes.. Next phase in 4/10:
MARKING/LABELING - The marking statute, section 304, Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1304), provides that, unless excepted, every article of foreign origin (or its container) imported into the U.S. shall be marked in a conspicuous place as legibly, indelibly and permanently as the nature of the article (or its container) will permit, in such a manner as to indicate to the ultimate purchaser in the U.S. the English name of the country of origin of the article. There are few exceptions.
WOOD PACKAGING - The USDA's APHIS has implemented its wood packaging material regulations to conform with the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15. Therefore, all regulated wood packaging material (WPM) must be appropriately treated and marked under an official program developed and overseen by the national plant protection organization of the country of export. If your pallets and WPM are not stamped or certified, CBP may require you to re-export the goods at your expense.