Compliance Assessments and Customs Audits

The customs laws require that importers and exporters exercise reasonable care to assure that declarations on customs documents are true and correct. US Customs and Border Protection regularly audits importers to determine whether their declarations, import procedures and recordkeeping systems are in conformity with the applicable rules and regulations. Instances of non-compliance discovered during the course of an audit can result in additional duty or penalty assessments. A similar standard has been set for exporters claiming refunds under a duty drawback program.

Customs audits are not limited to a review of entry and financial documentation. These reviews include the examination of recordkeeping systems, internal controls, and customs compliance procedures. The Firm represents clients in all facets of Focused Assessments, Quick Response Audits, and single issue audits related to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Foreign Trade Zones (FTZs), Drawback Programs and Customs Brokerage Operations.

The Firm is experienced in developing internal procedures and recordkeeping systems to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.