|Invoice from your Factory/Supplier:
In respect of international shipping of Air/Ocean/Sea Freight from the USA, you always will be asked by international shipping companies that support your international
shipment to provide some sort of Commercial Invoice before your goods be accepted to your international shipment. Commercial invoice is the mandatory international
shipping document that will be required by origins and destinations customs.
Note: In certain circumstances, particularly when you are shipping household goods or personal items from the USA, a Valued Packing List may substitute your commercial
invoice. Properly filed valued packing list in international shipping actually reflects all information provided in ocean freight proforma commercial invoices. However, when
your ocean freight international shipment will enter destination country's commerce zone of certain countries, the destinations customs may ask you to transfer your valued
packing list initially submitted at origin into a form of commercial invoice anyway.
Commercial Invoices in international shipping of Air/Ocean/Sea Freight , besides other points, are used by origins and destinations customs in purpose to control legality of
commodity and assign duty, taxes etc (if any) on international ocean freight shipments at the origins and destinations.
In international shipping using Air/Ocean/Sea Freight services, commercial invoices may be the original commercial invoices obtained from your merchant or proforma
commercial invoices. In proforma commercial invoices shippers describe commodity and assign value of internationally shipped goods by themselves.
In international shipping of ocean freight commercial invoices submitted at origin in forms sufficient to origin Customs may not always be sufficient for destination customs.
You should not really worry about that. Upon destination customs request to provide international shipping documents in a proper form, having a copy of your commercial
invoice originally submitted at origin, you or your Customs Broker will always be able to transform the international shipping document into the format required by the
Suggestions on filing Commercial Invoices to international ocean freight shipments from the USA:
1.If your international shipment contains commercial freight, then at a time of purchase, always request from your merchant a commercial invoice in a form acceptable for the
international shipping. Then email or fax copy of the invoice to international shipping company that supports your international shipment.
2.If for any reasons you experience difficulties on obtaining an invoice in form of commercial invoice acceptable to the international shipping, then ask your international
shipping company that supports your international shipment for an acceptable form of the international shipping document. Properly fill it out based on information that you
have and submit it back to the international shipping company.
3.If you are shipping household goods or personal effects, then file your Valued Packing List, which may be considered a Proforma Commercial Invoice, in a standard form
acceptable by Customs in your country.
General requirements on format of Commercial Invoices in international shipping of ocean freight from and to the USA
Commercial Invoices for international shipping of Air/Ocean/Sea Freight from and to the USA must be in English. It must provide the following information (See the Section
141.86 of U.S. Customs regulations on international shipping merchandises to the USA for more detailed requirements):
•The port of entry to which the goods are designated;
•Shippers (sellers) and Buyers full name, address and contact information;
•Detailed description of goods;
•The quantities in weight and measures;
•Value of each item in USD based on exchange rate on the date of export;
•The country of origin of the goods; and
•All goods or services furnished for the production of goods being imported not included in the invoice price (if any)
Our online form of Proforma Commercial Invoice for international shipping Air/Ocean/Sea Freight from the USA
Commercial international shippers: Request from your merchant an invoice in form acceptable by international shipping companies to international shipping by sea. Then
fax or e-mail to us a copy of the invoice as a part of your international shipping documents.
Otherwise, our clients should be able to fill out and submit a Valued Packing List as its Proforma Commercial Invoice online via link in our shipping instructions using a
standard form acceptable by U.S. Customs. Upon your booking request online in our website, we will e-mail to you this link with our shipping instructions. You may try the
fully working version of the form of the international shipping document in this link.
Notice: Each international shipping document for your international ocean freight submitted via our shipping instructions is unique. It is generated individually for your
international ocean freight shipment and pre-formatted based on the information that you had provided when booked your international ocean freight shipment online.
IMPORTANT: While submitting your international shipping documents online double-check all info in the document. If you see any errors or typos, then urgently re-submit the
document or ask us to correct it via e-mail. During submitting your international shipping documents for your international ocean freight shipment online you will have several
opportunities to edit and re-submit the shipping documents. However, as soon as shipping documents are submitted to the ocean freight carrier, all further corrections are
possible only at a time when you recover your international shipment at the destination.
Importers are responsible for all fees, US Laws & International Laws.
|Underinvoice / Overinvoice Issues:
Underinvoicing occurs when importer & exporter conspirers artificially lowing true value on the commercial invoice to submit to Customs and by lowing the duty/tax that need
to be paid, and creating second invoice for importer & exporter only.
1. Your chances of being caught by U.S. Customs in the act of underinvoicing have increased dramatically. U.S. Customs has intensified its import/export enforcement efforts
by implementing the inbound/Outbound Compliance Program which entered the Enforced Compliance Phase on July 1, 1997
2. US and Many countries have established comparable value systems for imports/exports.
3. The entered goods may be confiscated by Customs & Importer/Exporter may be Penalized/fined/black-listed/imprisonment as conspirator and co-conspirator +
Importer/Exporter may be prosecuted under money laundering.
4. It may cause you payment problems, especially if you are operating on an open account or collection basis.
5. Transport insurance is based on commercial invoice value. If you underinvoice and your goods are damaged or lost, your insurance claim on the value of the goods will be
based on the artificially low value shown on the commercial invoice
6. It may also cause more Exams (click here) on the shipment(s). Exams could cost $100's and $1,000's, and delaying import/export shipment(s) for days.
7. You could search all the issues of Underinvoicing on www.google.com and/or www.cbp.gov website.
|Invoice / Proforma / Commercial Invoice Terminology & Definitions Relating (For Reference Only)
- Under invoice Issues: could lead to MET/CE Exams and it could lead to other exam. Look below & (click here) for Exams details.
Proforma invoice vs commercial invoice:
Pro Forma invoice is before you pay your supplier/factory
Commercial Invoice is issue Two/Three day before your shipment is about to leave Foreign Port.
Requirements, criteria, or format of a commercial invoice, bill of sale, receipt that must be provided when clearing or filing entry documents. (from CBP.gov)
|1. Customs Broker = Messenger between US Customs & Importer: To transmits importer info/documents, way it was received from you & your-vendors, to US customs
2. Customs Broker = is NOT a Messenger between you & your-vendors (Factory/ Supplier/ Forwarder/ Warehouse/ Shipping-company/ CET-Exam-Site, US Agencies & etc.)
3. All importer are BOUND to Incoterms (PRE-Arranged BEFORE leaving foreign port, Such as: Bill-of-Lading /BL (Sale) / MFG Contract Agreement / OBL / Arrival Notice)
4. To understand why/who importer MUST pay, BEFORE/After/DURING shipping, you MUST review Incoterms & contact ISSUER of Bill-of-Lading (TITLE to shipment)
5. Please review Import process, Incoterms & etc Import requirements by US Customs. After viewing, If you required a personal assistant: $250 hr / $2000 day +Retainer
6. Importer is RESPONSIBLE for all fees/US Laws/Liability/exam/permit(s)retroactive(backdate) Document (BL, Arrival Notice & etc.) Case File: federal court US Attorney's.
7. Your Responsibility = Your shipment / money / profit / sales / Documents / Permit, your-vendors (factory/supplier/forwarder & etc.), Your Arrangement/Negotiation & etc.
8. EXAM Notice BY Freight Forwarder: LCL arrival notice, Full Container arrival notice. For ADD/CVD, Fumigation, Emergency Action Notifications can be $1,000's.
9. Fumigating your shipment can be $7,205, Vacuum Cleaning can be $1,900 & A-TCET Exam / Intensive Exam/Stop Sign / CET Exam can be $1,843.60 / $2,059.90.
10. IF Exam (VACIS, NII, X-Ray, IBET, MET, CET & ETC,), your Freight Forwarder will be Notifying with arrival notice & invoice (pay your Freight Forwarder) (99% of the time).
11. IF Exam (CET Exam, A-TCET Exam, Intensive Exam/Stop Sign, IPR, Tailgate, Emergency Action Notifications & ETC,) Importer MUST pay DIRECTLY to exam site. (100%)
12. IF Importer / id=(SSN# or Tax-id/EIN/IRS# or CAN#) or ANY info is off-by-one-digit/letter, US Customs can/will Confiscate/Seize your shipment & Penalize/Fines you.
13. And USCustoms/Agencies can Release with Detention(Hold)/Hold/Confiscate/Penalize/Fines/Recall/Exam/Penalty/Re-ISF-Filing/issue Destroy/re-export/add-DPL & etc.
14. Please pay all your-vendors directly (ASAP), to AVOID Our $50 (click here). IF Amending/up-dating your Entry Filing (click here $). IF Entry must be RE-FILE (click here $)
15. You /Importer/Consignee is fully responsible for all actions of payment (Be aware of scam hijack emails & OTHER scams).
16. Before paying us, consignee MUST verify payment method & amount of payment, & such as our bank account#, western-union account#, check payable to & etc,.
17. ONLY valid communication is, if You/Importer/Consignee/your-vendors is communicating by phone# & email lists from our uscustomsclearing.com/contactus.html.
Importer/forwarder understands that as part of ISF/importer security filing rules & Customs Clearing Entry Filing & any other filing to US Customs. BEFORE you import,
double check your HTC/HTS/Harmonized-Tariff-Code (Duty/Tax) classifications & Anti Dumping Duties (ADD) & Countervailing Duty (CVD). Importers / Exporter are
responsible for the all HTC/HTS classifications of their own goods.
Our HTS/HTC/Harmonized Tariff Code Classification on ISF filing & Customs Clearing Entries Filing are ADVISORY and not binding.
Also, if ADD/CVD & FDA, USDA, &/or any other government agencies involvement, shipment must be cleared with local Broker.
|Importing Close-Out items Issues:
Do to Underinvoicing occurs with some of the importer & exporter, you need clarified that your shipment is Close-Out.
1. Importer need to provided All the email communications between your supplier/factory & you, that is close-out
2. Importer need to provided how it was paid to supplier, if wired, please email copy.
3. Signed affidavit that you are not relate (No relationship) it to your supplier/factory.
4. Your supplier/factory need to stated why, when & how it became close-out with Signed Affidavit.
5. All info that may help us/US Customs to understand.
6. It may also cause more Exams (click here) on the shipment(s). Exams could cost $100's and $1,000's, and delaying import/export shipment(s) for days.
7. US Customs can classifies as ADD/CVD,
8. For more details (click here)
|Customs and Border Protection to Begin Enforcing Import Security Filing on July 9, 2013
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that they will begin full enforcement of Importer Security Filing (ISF) regulations on July 9, 2013 and will start issuing
liquidated damages against ISF importers and carriers for ISF non-compliance.
LATE OR INACCURATE ISF TRANSMISSIONS
CBP will assess liquidated damages in accordance with the relevant mitigation guidelines which were published in the CBP Bulletin on July 17, 2009. There can be multiple
errors on an ISF transmission and in accordance with the guidelines, CBP may assess / fines a claim for liquidated damages as follows:
$5,000 per late ISF,
$5,000 per inaccurate ISF, and
$5,000 for the first inaccurate ISF update.
Additional Statutory Penalties may be assessed for serious or repetitive violations.
FAILURE TO FILE AN ISF
Because liquidated damages cannot be assessed for the failure to file an ISF if no bond is in place, CBP will withhold the release or transfer of the cargo until CBP receives
the required ISF information and has had the opportunity to review the documentation and conduct any necessary examination. CBP also reserves the right to not permit
unlading of merchandise for which no ISF has been filed, and, if such cargo is unladen without permission, it may be subject to seizure.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS:
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2415, the statute of limitations for ISF liquidated damages is six years from the date of the breach of the bond. CBP will not limit its authority to
enforce the ISF requirements.
First violation: If an ISF Importer incurs a liquidated damages claim for filing a late or inaccurate ISF or an inaccurate ISF update, the liquidated damages claim may be
cancelled upon payment of an amount between $1,000 and $2,000, depending on the presence of mitigating or aggravating factors, if CBP determines that law enforcement
goals were not compromised by the violation.
Subsequent Violations: If an ISF Importer incurs a subsequent liquidated damages claim for filing a late or inaccurate ISF or an inaccurate ISF update, the liquidated
damages claim may be cancelled upon payment of an amount not less than $2,500 if CBP determines that law enforcement goals were not compromised by the violation.
No relief will be granted if CBP determines that law enforcement goals were compromised by the violation.
ADDITIONAL MITIGATION FOR C-TPAT PARTICIPANTS:
An ISF Importer which is a certified Tier 2 or Tier 3 C-TPAT member may receive additional mitigation of up to 50% of the normal mitigation amount, depending upon tier of
|Bill-of-Lading (BL) (aka: Straight bill of lading (nonnegotiable) with Telex-Release / Surrender / Express-Release or Original-Bill-of-Lading (OBL).
Bill-of-Lading (BL) is ISSUED Before leaving foreign port by Shipper/NVOCC/OFF/OTI (Glossary) (What is Bill-of-Lading (BL) & examples of BL) (click here) (Incoterms)
Arrival Notice (AN) is ISSUED 5 days before shipment is US port by BL Agent in US=aka Freight Forwarder (NVOCC/OFF/OTI) (Glossary) (Arrival Notice?)(LCL)(FULL)(AIR)
Issuer of AN WAS Pre-Chosen (InCoTerms) BY issuer of BL, Issuer of AN is to oversee movement of your cargo to CFS warehouse (LCL) / Seaport (Container) / Airport.
Freight Released is issued by your Freight Forwarder (ISSUER of Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL) to CFS/Port, after you have satisfy your Freight Forwarder needs
Customs Released is issued by your Customs Broker//US Customs//Agencies, after your shipment is cleared & you have paid your Entry Filing fee, (click here) & look 1-11.
- On most of Bill-of-Lading, Notify Party is known as: Customs Broker, Customs Agent, ISF & Entry Filer with Domestic Trucker.
- On most of Bill-of-Lading, Issuer of Arrival Notice is known as: (Also, after these text, below there are 12 different Bill-of-Lading as examples)
. Shipper Agent, For Delivery of Goods Please Contact, Forwarding Agent, Domestic Routing/Export Instructions, For Release of Shipment please contact,
. Delivery Agent, For delivery please apply to, Document Presentation, Cargo Releasing Agent, For Arrival Info & Release of Cargo Contact.
FYI, other bill: Clean Bill Of Lading, Claused Bill Of Lading (aka "dirty bill of lading" or "foul bill of lading."). Uniform Bill Of Lading, Bill of Lading, Bill Of Sale,
Ocean Bill Of Lading, Inland Bill Of Lading, Through Bill Of Lading, STALE Bill Of Lading, Negotiable bills of Lading, Functions of bill of lading, Carrier on bill of lading,
Lash bill of lading, Switch bill of lading, Proforma bill of lading (normally given BEFORE leaving), Onboard bill of lading (normally given AFTER cargo has LEFT)
What, How, When & Why bill of lading is use. (Search by bill of lading > http://www.answers.com/topic/bill-of-lading).
Let your supplier(s) do Telex-Release / Surrender / Express-Release (this will saves time, monies & headache), but IF you do received a ORIGINAL-Bill-of-Lading (OBL)
from your shipper/factory/supplier, Please "sign/date the OBL (any place on OBL)" & keep two copy for yourself & Fed-ex/UPS other to "ISSUER of Arrival Notice = Agent of BL"
Usually, if you received OBL, if you made only partial payment & etc against your shipment to your shipper/factory/supplier, before the shipping. (OBL = TITLE to your cargo)
Please list us as Notify Party on Bill-of-Lading (BL) & WE WILL DO 99% OF THE WORK FOR YOU or all we need is your factory/supplier info (email & name), also, you could
give our below info to your factory/supplier as Customs Clearing Agent & Notify Party on BL.
US Customs Clearing
2018 Pacific Coast Hwy, Suite #201. Lomita, CA 90717
(213) 270-1930 / PH: (718) 717-2680 / PH: (305) 831-4800 / PH: (210) 787-3480 / Fax: (424) 702-3262
IF Exam is issued by US Customs/Agencies, such as Intensive Examination Notice (Stop Sign), IBET-Exam, A-TCET-Exam, USDA-Exam or ANY OTHER Exam and
if your Bill-of-Lading (BL) / Arrival Notice (AN) is required ORIGINAL-Bill-of-Lading (OBL), your ""Freight Forwarder (ISSUER of Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL)""
MUST received your ""sign/date OBL (any place on OBL)"" from you, BEFORE your shipment/container could be moved to Exam site, until then, you maybe paying
Storage Fees/Demurrage fees & other fees. With or With-OUT exam, your ""Freight Forwarder (ISSUER of Arrival Notice = Agent of Bill-of-Lading (BL)"" MUST receive
""sign/date the OBL (any place on OBL)"" to Freight-Release your shipment to you, OBL is Consignee/Importer RESPONSIBILITY only. (OBL = TITLE)
All shipment are BOUND to Incoterms (PRE-Arranged to US Port/CFS, BEFORE leaving foreign port). To understand why/who importer MUST pay, BEFORE/ After/ DURING
shipping, you MUST review Incoterms/ICC/UNCITRAL & contact ISSUER of BL / Arrival Notice. Customs Broker is Messenger between US Customs & you, ONLY.
|First 2 HTC/HTS/Harmonized Tariff Code Classification are free, but after 2nd Classification of items, each Classification is $10 each per line. For Example: IF you are
importing 4 different category items (on your Invoice, Packing-list, Bill-of-Lading / BL: 100 apples, 75 Oranges, 50 Toys & 25 Desks), you will be charge extra $20 for ISF
Filing + $20 for Customs Clearing Entry Filing. The Fees are added it to your Invoice as ADDITIONAL CLASSIFICATION HTC/HTS Code / 7501 LINES. (click here) for 3
pages of sample 14 line, First Two Line free, so other 12 x $10 = $120 fees will be charge as 7501 LINE
To AVOIDED HTC/HTS/Harmonized Tariff Code Classification fees, please ask your Factory/Supplier to have it on the Invoice, Packing-list & Bill-of-Lading / BL, if your
Factory/Supplier don't know the HTC/HTS/Harmonzied Tariff Code, you could Look-up your own (Duty/Tax) HTC/HTS/Harmonized Tariff Code (click here) or call & email US
Customs Import Specialist (click here).
Also, First 2 factories/suppliers invoice submission are free for Customs Clearing Entry filing, under same Bill-of-Lading(B/L). For Example: IF you are importing from 3
different factories/suppliers with 3 different invoice/packing-list. First 2 factories/suppliers invoice/packing-list submission Entry filing are free, But AFTER 2nd
invoice/packing-list factory/supplier, you will be charge $20 per supplier/factory invoice submission to US Customs as ADDITIONAL INVOICES SUBMISSION & will be add on
to your Customs Clearing invoice/fees (click here)
MUST described, materials of each category at ISF Form, Invoice, Packing-list, Bill-of-Lading / BL (Telex-Release//Surrender//Express-Release or Original-Bill-of-Lading
(OBL) with Notify Party), Arrival Notice Invoice, Photo-pictures-of-Import/export items, materials that is made out of, on all documents, IF Fabric/Textile, Must have% (ie:
cotton%, woven% & etc.), Fumigation-Certificate (if any), All related documents, Photo-pictures of Labels/Marks/ Stamp, out-side of Boxes/Crates & etc.,
All info MUST be US Dollar & English & all permits (licenses/ permits to import). For more details view (BASIC import/export // 211 pages)
For Example: if you are importing 10 of MENS Sweat Shirt (80% Cotton 20% Polyester / HTC#) / 5 Tablecloth (100% polyester / HTC# ) / 20 Desk (stainless steel / HTC# )
Aluminum (Aluminium Ingot / HTC# ) & Etc. (click here) for samples
Third Party Billing Waiver (if any) grantor hereby waivers receipt of the customs entries and invoices from the grantee and directs that copies of your bills for services and
copies of customs entries, ISF filings, bond number and Etc be transmitted to individual business/warehouses relating to importer shipments.
IF your shipment is House-Hold Goods (HHG) and Personal Effects (PE) (USED Items ONLY), here a sample of excel template (Packing-list & Invoice)
NOTE: IF you are buying from Two different factory/suppliers, you could consolidate the shipment under one BL, but you can NOT consolidate under one invoice/packing-list. It
MUST be submitted as 2 different invoice/factory/supplier to US Customs. Each Bill-of-Lading(B/L) is considered as one shipment & it must be cleared as each BL by US
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