Import Regulations and Documentation: The Necessary Basics
Martin is a customs and international trade lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Martin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University - Newark, Phi Beta Kappa, with high honors; a Master of Public Administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University; and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark. Martin is a distinguished graduate of both the U.S. Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Customs Service Academy. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker (No. 20643), one who worked in the industry for several years.
Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land (Champlain-Rouses Point, NY), air (JFK International Airport and Newark Liberty) and sea (Newark and NY) ports of entry. While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was also a member of the agency's export control branch.
Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, an assistant prosecutor with the Office of Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and an executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary. Martin was also a trade consultant with Unz & Co.
Presently, Martin is an instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS), where he teaches import, export, and other international trade courses. In 2013, Martin received the Outstanding Instructor of the Year Award from Baruch CAPS. Martin has also taught international trade courses at Fashion Institute of Technology and Pace University in New York City. Martin is also of counsel to GRVR Attorneys (www.exportimportlaw.com), which specializes in customs and international trade matters.
A frequent lecturer before different trade associations around the country, Martin also provides corporate training and seminars concerning customs and international trade issues. For additional information, please go to www.behrlaw.com.
The U.S. government monitors regulate and collect import duties on merchandise entering the United States. The agency with the primary responsibility for the effort is U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Not to understand the basics of importing guarantees serious trouble for the importer.
Goods may be imported to the United States subject to import restrictions. Importers of goods may be subject to tax and/or customs duty (“tariff”) on the imported value of the goods. Imported goods are not legally entered until after the shipment has arrived within the port of entry, delivery of the merchandise has been authorized by CBP, and estimated duties have been paid. Importation and declaration and payment of customs duties are done by the importer of record, which may be the owner of the goods, the purchaser, or a licensed customs broker. Goods may be stored in a bonded warehouse or a Foreign-Trade Zone in the United States for up to five years without payment of duties.
Goods must be declared for entry into the U.S. within 15 days of arrival or prior to leaving a bonded warehouse or foreign trade zone. The importer of record declares the transaction value of the goods and country of origin, along with other information. The declarations must include an invoice and packing list (or equivalent) listing all goods. CBP then assesses duty, which must be paid by the importer of record before goods can be released. All goods imported into the United States are subject to inspection by CBP.
The webinar covers the nuts and bolts of importing, such topics as:
- The nature of CBP
- Customs Brokers
- Security programs (like “10 + 2” and C-TPAT etc.)
- Customs bonds
- The import classification process
- Valuation of merchandise
- Special import issues
- Entry types and procedures
- Preparation and use of entry and other import-related documents
- The liquidation process
- Penalties and liquidated damages
Who Should Attend
- Business owners
- Lawyers, and anyone involved in the importation process
Why Should You Attend
This webinar is an important step in helping importers meet the importing standards established by CBP, the largest U.S. law enforcement agency. CBP’s major responsibility is to administer the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Primary functions include the assessment and collection of all duties, taxes, and fees on imported merchandise; the enforcement of customs, immigration, and related laws; and the administration of certain navigation laws and treaties. CBP combats smuggling and revenue fraud and enforces the regulations of numerous other federal agencies at ports of entry.
U.S. importers must exercise “reasonable care” when importing goods into the United States. The failure to understand or appreciate the complex nature of importing will result in detentions and seizures, significant fines and penalties, the loss of customers, and lots of aggravation. CBP is now engaged in enforcement actions that can ruin importing companies.
Learn how to avoid violating import laws and regulations by attending this webinar.