It’s no secret that customs can be a beast. With regulations changing regularly, it’s easy to get wrapped up in red tape. That’s why our team works hard to ensure our customers have the most crucial updated information to keep their supply chain moving forward with as few delays as possible.
While each organization’s shipping experience is unique, there are a few general tips that can benefit just about everyone shipping internationally. Check out the advice below to help cure your customs headache.
Tip 1: Know Your Cargo
While your customs broker team can help you navigate regulations and shipments, it’s important for each organization to have a deep understanding of their cargo. That means keeping a record of which goods are coming in, along with understanding the classifications they fall under. If these aren’t items your organization keeps track of, or if you’re uncertain where to start, ask our team about consulting services.
Tip 2: Stay Organized
We know, we know. This sounds like a given. Still, many companies are incredibly organized when it comes to tracking revenue, inventory, and other items like that, but customs can fall to the side. Keep records of your shipments somewhere secure. Make sure key players on your team can access this information when they need it. Keep the records until your customs broker tells you they’re okay to archive. You never know when you might need them.
Tip 3: Don’t Ignore Mail from Customs
With all the junk mail everyone gets, it can be easy to lose track of the important stuff. Still, it’s important to keep an eye out for any mail from Customs and Border Patrol, especially because each form they send has a deadline. Make sure to open correspondence immediately and reach out to your customs broker if you aren’t sure how to respond in a timely manner.
Tip 4: Stay Informed
In the current state of the world, policies and regulations around trade are changing every day. That’s why it’s so important to keep an eye out for any upcoming changes that could impact your organization. Of course, your customs broker will update you on anything essential, but it’s always great to have more information than less. The more you already understand about customs, the easier it will be for your customs broker to partner with you and help you optimize your supply chain.
Tip 5: Ask Questions!
We understand that our customers are busy running their organizations, managing their staff, and a whole lot more. That’s why we’re here—to fill in those gaps. If your organization isn’t sure about how a new regulation affects your cargo, what documents need to be completed, or anything else, all you have to do is ask.
If you don’t already work with a customs broker, or if you need more information, reach out to our team today. We’ll help take the stress out of your imports.