What do I need to know before I import?
Whether starting an importing business or simply importing a personal shipment, get "in-the-know" before your merchandise ships. Click here to read more about this process.

Why does the broker ask so many questions?
Gateway chb, Ltd. is staffed with highly trained and experienced licensed Customshouse Brokers. They provide the client with the knowledge to assist their importing procedure and avoid time delays and costly penalties. The questions the broker will ask make sure that all information is completed and procedures are followed. A few questions now saves the client potential problems in the future.

How can I make sure I'm in compliance with U.S. Customs?
The document "Reasonable Care Checklist" should guide you in the process. Click here to read more.

What should I know before I import textiles?
Most textiles require bonding (formal entry); therefore you will need to engage the services of a broker. Certain commodities still have import (quota) restrictions.It is advisable to check with Customs or to review their websites to verify each country's textile regulations. Customs requies all commerical invoices should contain; fiber content, fabric construction (knitted or woven) and must be in English describing the exact type of garment. Hard copy textile declarations are no longer required for entry but must be readily available for Customs if requested or audited. These declarations are usually provided by the manufacturer of the textiles.

What are the current security issues with Customs?
Customs proposed security filing requirements (10 + 2) will require ten data elements for importers on security filing. Visit the Customs website for the latest filing requirements. Click here to view the proposed changes.


C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)

If you are interested in this program or becoming a partner in the
C-TPAT security based program please go the following link: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/.

How can I be sure my commodity is classified correctly?
Whenever you have any concerns regarding classification issues, you may submit to Customs for a binding ruling. This request shall be in writing and shall contain pertinent information (i.e. country of manufacturer, a detailed description of the article, a sample if necessary, and any other operational or functional specifications for each item a ruling is being requested on). A ruling request may contain up to five items. The request shall be filed with the Director, Office of Regulations and Rulings, Headquarters, U.S. Customs Service, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20229.

How long should the entry process into the Port of Denver take?
Allow a minimum of 48 hours.

What does Gateway chb, Ltd. need to clear my shipment through customs?
Our office will need a commercial invoice in English with accurate description of commodity, packing list, transportation documentation, shipping details (i.e. master bill number or house number) and Power of Attorney.

What is "Prior Notice"?
The Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Bioterrorism Act) requires that FDA receive prior notice of food imported into the United States, beginning on December 12, 2003. Most of the prior notice information required by the interim final rule is data usually provided by importers or brokers to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when foods arrive in the United States. Now, the Bioterrorism Act requires that this information also be provided to FDA in advance of an imported food's arrival to the United States no less than four hours into the first port of arrival. FDA will use this information in advance of the arrival to review, evaluate, and assess the information, and determine whether to inspect the imported food. Click here.

What is the purpose of a bond?
Any individual or business wishing to import items into the United States, or engage in any import related activities, is required to post a surety bond or its cash equivalent with the U.S. Customs Service. The bond guarantees that the importer will in a timely manner, faithfully abide by all laws and regulations governing the importation of goods into the commerce of the United States. A bond protects the government of the United States and does not relieve the importer of any of their obligations. A surety company assumes the same duties and responsibilities of the importer by bonding the importer. The surety company will be called on for payment when an importer cannot or will not fulfill his obligations to the U.S. government. The surety company has the right to full recovery from the importer for any loss.