Proper entry of merchandise to Customs and participating government agencies is key for an importer’s supply chain. Run afoul of these agencies and goods will get delayed, penalized or could even be denied admission to the country. Getting it here may be the easy part – getting it classified correctly is critical.
At the core of Camelot’s DNA, we’re Customs brokers. We have five licensed Customs brokers on staff and a total of six Certified Classification Specialists. This means that when we take on a new importer or when our customers are looking to bring in new items, we painstakingly review the classifications for correctness, potential PGA exposure, ADD/CVD liability and whether or not they’re permitted to claim duty relief as part of a trade program.
What happens if we find mistakes from a previous Customs broker? Working with counsel and with an importer, we develop a strategy to either make a voluntary disclosure in the case of a duty shortfall or to protest previous entries and try to secure a refund. We have a page of Case Studies dedicated to some of our classification challenges and victories that returned significant dollars to our clients’ bottom lines.
Managed by Customs and Border Protection, CTPAT is designed to prevent the introduction of an unauthorized device that could cause harm.
Importers who are certified and validated members of CTPAT and who work with CTPAT freight forwarders, Customs brokers and carriers see an aggregated benefit and reduced risk scoring when their goods are reviewed for entry.
CTPAT asks companies to look at facility, technology and employee security both in the United States and at factories and consolidation points abroad. CBP audits and revalidates CTPAT companies in America and overseas for compliance every four years.
Click here to download Camelot’s 7-point container inspection checklist provided by Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy.
Click here to download Camelot’s 17-point trailer inspection provided by Amber Road’s Global Trade Academy.
Click here to visit CBP’s CTPAT FAQ.
Camelot are certified and validated members of CTPAT and can help any company apply for and secure their CTPAT membership and validation. To download Camelot’s CTPAT FAQ, click here.
To begin the process of joining CTPAT today, contact Camelot for more information.ASK CAMELOT
We ensure our homes, our vehicles and our belongings against loss or damage, why wouldn’t we do the same for cargo?
If it is because we believe the carrier who has custody of our cargo will reimburse for a loss, think again. Each individual carrier has their own limitation of liability that is far less than the value of an average shipment.
To learn more about insuring your goods in transit, contact Camelot today.
Camelot is licensed to contract and secure rates and space for ocean cargo into and out of the United States. Holding this FMC license is mandatory, and the first question a shipper should ask of a potential freight forwarder. With this license, we can approach any carrier to sign a time/volume contract, giving us access to rates and space for a period of time.
Sorting price highest to lowest in a spreadsheet may seem like the easiest way to compare service providers, but there are many more data points to consider before making a final decision. Factors like departure frequencies, equipment availability, reliability, transit time and transshipment points are but a few of the additional items shippers should consider when selecting a routing for their cargo.
For more information about ocean freight forwarding including carrier partners, rates and transit times, contact Camelot today.ASK CAMELOT
Camelot works with independent partner companies around the world to secure space and rates by air into and out of the United States or between any two points on the globe.
Air freight isn’t for every commodity, but when it is necessary, Camelot understands how to choose between a number of carriers and transit times to help select the right mix of price and speed the cargo demands. Camelot can also clear air freight into virtually any airport in the United States for delivery.
Contact Camelot today if your company is interested in a review of your inbound logistics supply chain.
In business for more than forty years, Camelot has cultivated a number of relationships and strategic partnerships over time. We have decades-long friendships throughout Asia in countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.
In other places, we have leveraged the strength of our membership in the World Cargo Alliance, giving us access to the largest global network of independent freight forwarders in the world. This means that regardless of the origin or destination, Camelot has the ability to pick up, transport, clear and deliver commercial shipments between virtually any two points on the globe.