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Since the Customs Modernization Act of 1993 importers have been legally required to use “reasonable care” in their importing activities. Practically speaking this has required that importers commit significant resources and take steps to ensure that there are trained employees who can interpret the requirements of the law in light of the company’s imports. Because companies change their operations, and the government changes the laws and regulations, maintaining appropriate training and compliance is a continuous process.

Almost 20 years after the Customs Modernization Act, many companies understand that it is important to ensure that tariff classifications are accurate, all elements of value are properly reported, country of origin is properly determined and reported, and claims for special programs like the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”) or Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”) are supported. Most companies also understand that they are required to keep documents to support their claims in these (and perhaps other) areas. However, many corporate leaders do not realize the extent to which these responsibilities implicate all parts of the company.

The attorneys at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn have substantial experience in conducting compliance audits and implementing Customs compliance programs. Our audits are highly focused and designed to minimize disruption for the various departments with relevant information. We design compliance programs meant to provide the highest level of compliance and reliability while respecting the company’s current processes. We regard these programs as being the best practical solution to continuing to do business while still ensuring the highest level of Customs compliance.

Contact any attorney at Barnes, Richardson & Colburn to explore whether you are complying with the Customs laws, and how to maximize your compliance with practical, business-oriented practices and procedures.

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