Rely on Allegiance Customs Brokerage for our deep understanding of U.S. trade regulations

Importing commercial goods into the United States can be a complex endeavor. Compliance requires a solid understanding of, and strict adherence to, a series of regulations required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and partner government agencies, such as FDA, EPA, USDA, DOT, FWS…etc.

It is incumbent upon the Importer to ensure they comply with all relevant trade regulations. This will minimize the potential for financial penalties being levied upon your business. CBP’s import regulations subject all imports to certain prohibitions, restrictions and requirements. If CBP requirements are not properly adhered to, the consequences to your business can be damaging and can include:
  • Monetary penalties
  • Increased scrutiny and more frequent examination of goods
  • Delays of incoming shipments
  • Inadvertent overpayment of duties and government fees
  • Suspension of import privileges

Clients rely on Allegiance Customs Brokerage for our deep understanding of the complex U.S. trade regulations governing imports.

Customs Bonds

A Customs Bond is a contract used to ensure that person or company will perform obligations related to the entry of merchandise arriving from a foreign origin into the United States. The Bond is a requirement for all entries and must be purchased from a CBP approved insurance (surety) company. The Bond is used in lieu of posting a cash deposit with the U.S. Government.

Allegiance Customs Brokerage works with several CBP approved Sureties to provide Bond services to an Importer.

General Air and Ocean Cargo

Allegiance provides customers with excellent service on a consistent basis

Allegiance Customs Brokerage provides both air and ocean customs clearances. If the quickest possible customs clearance, from a knowledgeable and friendly staff is important to you and your company, we are equipped to provide you with service unmatched in the industry. Our services will be competitively priced, and will assure us of being viewed as a great value to the businesses we serve. Allegiance Customs Brokerage will go the distance to meet your needs.

Immediate Transportation

To obtain clearance from Customs and Border Protection on imported goods, entry must be filed at the first port of arrival. To clear goods from a location other than the first port of arrival, an Immediate Transportation Entry (IT) must be filed on a CBP Form 7512 by a Customs Broker, carrier or importer that is bonded with CBP and has either a filer code, SCAC carrier code or importer number (IRS number).

The In-Bond Program involves cargo entering the country that may be destined to other locations. An in-bond entry is required when cargo transits to another location for entry ("I.T."), transits the U.S. destined to another country("T.E."), or is immediately exported ("I.E.").

Preferential Program

Navigating regulatory hurdles

Despite the strong surge of globalization, the mechanics of doing business internationally have become more challenging than ever. The rewards may be greater, but the hurdles are ever-increasing.

With increased enforcement of trade rules, Allegiance Customs Brokerage helps clients solve everyday issues—such as classifying products and verifying partner government agency requirements. We interact with our clients to help create business strategies that optimize savings through preferential trade programs and help them reduce their costs of doing business.

We provide assistance with a range of issues and procedures involved in importing goods into the United States—entry procedures, tariff classification, duty preference programs, country-of-origin marking and labeling, prior disclosures and protests. We can assist with obtaining CPB Binding rulings for products, as well as confirm eligibility under preferential trade programs such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and numerous bilateral and multilateral agreements.

Temporary Importation Under Bond

Duty Free Entry of Goods to be Re-exported

TIB stands for Temporary Importation under Bond. TIB is a special entry type that is used when products are imported into the United States without the payment of duty or Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF). TIB entry requires posting a bond to ensure that the goods will be exported within a specified time, (one year – unless extended by application to the Port Director). These goods must be brought back to the country of export before the expiration of the bond period to avoid the assessment of liquidated damages in the amount of the bond. If the goods are not exported, the bond is forfeited. The TIB bond amount is usually twice the estimated duty, taxes, etc. that would have been payable on the products. An importer will want to enter merchandise using a temporary import bond under the following circumstances: importing samples for testing, inspection, for making a purchasing decision, or to display a sample at a trade fair or other sales show; or an importer may wish to import merchandise and to further manufacture it and then export the finished product.