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Customs & International Trade

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Specialized knowledge to support the complex customs landscape

The customs compliance landscape is often challenging, and it's changing at a record pace. Tighter restrictions, evolving regulations, uncertainties around critical supply chains, and Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA/USMCA) and other free trade agreements can create difficult situations for importers. This leads to delays in product delivery within the supply chain, overpayment of duties, uncertainty about duty recovery options, and submission of incorrect trade data elements to customs authorities, which results in the potential for monetary penalties.

How BDO can help

BDO’s Customs & International Trade team provides clients with comprehensive solutions for these issues. Carefully reviewing and planning a company’s cross-border trade activities can reduce expenses through duty recovery or duty minimization. In addition, developing and implementing a robust customs compliance plan can positively affect the importer profile with customs authorities, reducing the chance for monetary penalties and costly border delays.

  • Import data analytics
  • CARM onboarding and monthly compliance monitoring
  • Customs compliance reviews and process planning
  • Supply chain risk studies and solutions
  • Duty refunds/Drawback
  • Ruling requests
  • Voluntary disclosures
  • Free trade agreement determinations
  • Trade verification audit assistance
  • Tariff classification /Valuation/Origin determinations
  • Customs valuation assistance

Featured Customs & International Trade resources

Customs verification: Are you at risk?

CBSA targets importers of certain products every year to verify that they reported correctly. Specifically, tariff classification, value, and origin of the goods are examined. Any errors can result in an underpayment or overpayment of duties, penalties, and interest. 

Are your products on the on the verification list? Use our customs verification tool to confirm. 

Customs verification tool


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