Power of Attorney -
Each importer must complete Customs Power of Attorney and is asked to
return the original to Zanes in advance of arrival of the shipment.
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The power should include the importer’s IRS or Social Security number.
It is a limited power of attorney, authorizing Zanes to act on behalf of
the importer as described therein. While
a facsimile is acceptable to facilitate trade, the original is required by
Customs to be in the files of the authorized broker in the event of an audit.
The effects of
Customs Modernization Act,
placed additional responsibilities on the importer, which were previously
Customs'. Under the importer's "Reasonable
Care" obligations, it is our opinion that the importer should access
U.S. Customs (CBP) website for informed compliance publications.
The most important being the "Reasonable Care" checklist, which
should be reviewed and followed by all importers.
Customs Form 5106 –
time importers should complete this form and return to Zanes well in advance of
arrival of shipment. This
information must be presented to U.S. Customs, before the bonding and entry
processes can take place.
Customs Bond –
having a continuous bond should indicate this information in the initial letter
of instructions to Zanes, including amount of the bond, surety, effective date,
and type of bond. For importers not
having a continuous bond, but wishing to purchase one, a
form available through our website may be completed and returned to Zanes.
A financial statement or other information may be required by the surety,
prior to approval of the bond. A
single entry bond for each shipment may be more economical and may be an
Consignee/Notify Party –
should be instructed to show the importer as the “Consignee”
and Zanes (name, address and fax number) as the “Notify Party” on the
ocean bill of lading.
Documents for Clearance –
original set of documents should be sent to Zanes at least one week prior to
arrival of shipment. These
documents should include:
a) Original ocean bill of lading
b) Commercial Invoice (per 19 CFR 141.86-89)
c) Packing/Weigh List
d) Any other documents specific to the commodity as required by CBP or
other agency (see
Importing to the U.S. ...)
Credit/Cash for Outlays –
ask all customers forward funds to cover their outlays for ocean freight/THC and
Customs Duty/fees when sending documents to us for handling.
Where checks cannot accompany documents and we request funds or send an
invoice, we solicit your utmost effort in processing checks or wires to avoid
delayed delivery. If you have arranged credit terms with our Financial
Officer, we respectfully ask you meet those terms.
Customs Classification -
possible importers should provide Zanes with the Customs classification of their
products. Otherwise, Zanes will
determine to the best of its ability the proper classification based on
information you provide. Sales
brochure or website address describing your product(s) and use will be of value in determining