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Customs Brokerage and Compliance Consulting

With U.S. and foreign customs regulations constantly changing, it’s easy to make costly mistakes. Is your customs broker able to manage your classifications, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Requests, reporting and other special needs?

More than just a broker, American Global Logistics combines extensive industry knowledge with a full-service approach to help importers and exporters navigate global trade complexities. By assessing your unique needs, we develop solutions to help you avoid shipment delays, manage reporting requirements, and minimize financial and legal risks.

  • Receive comprehensive support. We form long-term partnerships to guide customers through every aspect of operations, including compliance, visibility, classification assistance, entry reporting, ruling requests and more.
  • Go paperless. We help businesses implement current technologies to eliminate paper-based, manual processes and improve overall efficiency.
  • Gain peace of mind. Ensure compliance with our comprehensive four-point entry auditing system, and rely on our experienced staff to manage critical filings and requests quickly and accurately.

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Customs Brokerage and Compliance Capabilities

  • Customs compliance consulting, including audits and reviews, program setup, recruiting and staffing, employee training, and procedure development
  • Assigning and verifying harmonized tariff classifications
  • C-TPAT certification, validation and audits
  • Foreign trade zone consulting services
  • Training on importing, valuation, declarations, free trade agreements and other specialized topics

Harmonized Tariff Classifications

Assigning the correct harmonized tariff schedule (HTS) classification is essential for paying import duties and taxes properly, but many importers don’t have the internal expertise or resources to manage this time-consuming task. Whether you need a one-time review, an annual audit or ongoing support as part of the customs process, American Global Logistics offers flexible options to ensure your HTS classifications are correct.

  • Review existing items’ master information and other documentation to assign HTS classifications
  • Ensure accuracy of existing HTS classifications
Import/Export Compliance Consulting Services

Import and export compliance goes far beyond filing a customs entry or export declaration. The compliance process stretches from initial sourcing and negotiation to five years post-sale, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is increasing enforcement of these complex regulations. American Global Logistics works with customers to create effective compliance programs that minimize the risk of audits, fines and penalties.

Import/Export Compliance Consulting Services

Compliance Audits and Reviews

  • Conduct specialized audits and reviews based on business goals, including corporate compliance policies, organizational structure, import/export activities, free trade agreements, recordkeeping and cost savings opportunities
  • Perform detailed research to ensure accuracy, completion and proper filing of all import/export records and standard operating procedures
  • Interview employees to assess their understanding of import/export compliance requirements
  • Determine any gaps in compliance procedures
  • Deliverables: Written report that includes exhibits and sample documentation errors; presentation of findings to management, recommendations for corrective action

Compliance Procedures Manual

  • Create manual customized around specific needs to help businesses handle issues as they arise

Compliance Program Setup

  • Develop new compliance program within business’ existing management framework
  • Assist with recruiting process, including identifying personnel needs, interviewing candidates and providing orientation and training for new hires
  • Provide ongoing support to drive program success

Compliance Personnel On-Site Staffing

  • Place experienced workers on-site to manage compliance program

Compliance Training

  • Fully customizable training based on customer needs, with flexible time and location options
  • Full range of topics
C-TPAT Consulting Services

As global supply chains become increasingly vulnerable, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification aims to protect the security of goods shipped around the world. For businesses, however, achieving this certification means extra steps in an already involved customs process. American Global Logistics’ experienced team guides customers through the implementation and execution of C-TPAT audits and certification, saving your business time while ensuring compliance with all rules and regulations.

  • Assist customers with achieving C-TPAT certification
  • Validation and re-validation services
  • C-TPAT audits
  • Security procedures manual drafting
Foreign Trade Zone Consulting Services

The U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) program can boost your business’ bottom line significantly by helping you defer, reduce or eliminate import duties. By leveraging our expertise, you can determine your potential savings and take advantage of these import duty benefits.

  • Cost-benefit analysis
  • Application writing for subzones, expansions, minor boundary modifications and ASF
  • FTZ preparation
  • Zone schedule writing
  • Procedures manual writing
  • Grantee and operator agreements
  • Designing and implementing inventory control and recordkeeping systems
  • Turnkey FTZ program management
  • FTZ training
  • FTZ operations audits
  • Marketing assistance for 3PLs and grantees
  • Annual reporting, reconciliation and systems review
Specialized Training

Bring your team up to date on customs compliance issues and procedures with our comprehensive library of training topics.

Topics

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Other

Assists – Are they Part of My Value? ✔︎
Basics of Importing ✔︎
Basics of Valuation ✔︎
Commercial Invoice Content Requirements ✔︎
Country of Origin Declaration, Marking, & Labeling Requirements ✔︎
Customs 101 – Importation Basics ✔︎
Customs Valuation ✔︎
Foreign Trade Zones ✔︎
Harmonized Tariff Schedule Use & Classification Exercises ✔︎
Import Compliance – Reasonable Care ✔︎
Import Entry Process – Basics ✔︎
Import Industry Hot Topics ✔︎
Penalties & Liquidated Damages ✔︎
What Does Your Customs Broker Do For You? ✔︎
Classifying My Goods – Where Do I Start? ✔︎ ✔︎
Customs Trade Partnership Security Profile Training & Certification Process ✔︎ ✔︎
Evaluating Supply Chain Costs ✔︎ ✔︎
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ✔︎ ✔︎
Free Trade Agreements ✔︎ ✔︎
INCO Terms ✔︎ ✔︎
Letters of Credit ✔︎ ✔︎
NAFTA Training & Certification Process ✔︎ ✔︎
Other Government Agencies ✔︎ ✔︎
Understanding HTS / Schedule B ✔︎ ✔︎
Understanding Your Products Supply Chain Flow ✔︎ ✔︎
Basics of Exporting ✔︎
Elements & Responsibility of EEI ✔︎
Export Compliance Reasonable Care ✔︎
Export Industry Hot Topics ✔︎
Foreign Government Importing Requirements ✔︎
Impact of Government Agencies on EEI Transmission ✔︎
What Does Your Freight Forwarder Do For You? ✔︎
Admission of Merchandise ✔︎
Basics of FTZ Inventory Control ✔︎
Documentation Needs for FTZ Merchandise ✔︎
FTZ Activation Process ✔︎
FTZ Benefits ✔︎
FTZ Feasibility Studies ✔︎
FTZ Operator’s Perspective on the “How To’s” of FTZs ✔︎
FTZs & The Supply Chain ✔︎
FTZs Fundamentals Training ✔︎
Handling of Merchandise in an FTZ ✔︎
How Does a 3rd Party Warehouse Operate ✔︎
Inventory Control – The Entire Process ✔︎
Inventory Control & Recordkeeping in an FTZ – Workshop ✔︎
Mapping the Inventory Control Process in an FTZ ✔︎
Operating a GPZ as a Public Warehouse ✔︎
Period Reporting in FTZs ✔︎
Removal of Merchandise from an FTZ ✔︎
What do Companies want from an FTZ Operator – Importers Perspective ✔︎
What is an FTZ? ✔︎
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Ocean Import / Export
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Warehousing & Distribution
Purchase Order Management
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