It’s quite easy to start importing. An importer hires a customs broker to file entries and assist with getting a customs bond in place and may falsely believe they are ready to import without further educating themselves on the huge liabilities and responsibilities involved when importing. Every importer should have a robust compliance plan in place to ensure they are following all US laws and regulations. However, things don’t always go according to plan even for the most diligent companies.
If you receive a Request for Information (Form 28) or a Notice of Action (Form 29), the steps you take next can be critical for your business.
Why & When CBP Sends Form 28/29
As an importer of record, you have a responsibility to use “reasonable care” when declaring the classification, valuation, country of origin, and use of duty preference programs for merchandise imported into the US.
Customs often verifies that an importer is declaring merchandise entered into the US properly by sending an importer a Request for Information. If US Customs is not satisfied with an importer’s response to a Form 28 request, they will then send a Notice of Action, Form 29. A Form 29 signifies CBP’s decision to either (1) propose an action, or (2) to take action on a single entry, or a group of entries.
The Enforce and Protect Act of 2015 (EAPA), allows CBP to investigate whether an importer has evaded anti-dumping and countervailing (AD/CVD) duties.
When an importer receives a Form 28, it can actually be […]