For any importer of commercial cargo into the United States, there are numerous U.S. Customs requirements to consider such as declaring the correct tariff classification, customs valuation, and country of origin. Sometimes, an importer (or its customs broker) makes a mistake. If the mistake is not corrected by the importer timely with U.S. Customs, the mistake may result in a fraud penalty by U.S. Customs against the importer. We're talking about a lot of money.
To the dismay of the local international trade community, three international freight forwarding companies and their owners were arrested for illegally exporting merchandise to a company in Paraguay. The company in Paraguay had been designated a "Specially Designated Global Terrorist" by the United States Government. Exporters and forwarding companies sending any cargo to such a company, even Sony Playstation video games, would be a violation of law.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued several warning letters to prominent food and drink companies regarding false claims on their food and drink products, including those marketed to children. Some food products brazenly claim to increase a person's immune system, reduce the chance or getting a cold, or even cure cancer. Are they really believable?
Air and ocean carriers often unintentionally transport aliens into the United States who do not have a valid passport and/or an unexpired visa. Carriers receive a fine from U.S. Customs and Border Protection of $3,000 for every such alien illegally transported. Carriers can get an automatic reduction of 50% of the fine by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with U.S. Customs. Carriers must obtain and submit the new MOU to U.S. Customs on April 23, 2010.