What do we do here anyways?
The United States is a free-market country. This means, along with other implications, that merchandise grown, mined or manufactured in foreign lands may enter the commerce of the U.S. to be consumed as unique products, or to compete side by side with similar domestic products. A free market does not mean, however, that foreign products may enter the U.S. exempt from the laws of the land. We do in fact guard our borders via U.S. Customs & Border Protection. The laws governing importations and proof of their compliance are much more complex than the laws governing American business. This proof of compliance is largely accomplished through customs brokers acting on the behalf of an importer (or foreign exporter). The primary activity of a Licensed Customs Broker is to use the knowledge of the U.S. Customs Regulations (law), plus the Regulations of Other Government Agencies that govern Imports, to ensure that a client imports product at the lowest lawful cost, with the least amount of regulatory impediment or “red tape,” and further, to arrange payment of the duty payable to U.S. Customs & Border Protection. A customs broker is the link between commerce and the government. The growth and sophistication of the customs brokerage industry provides U.S. Customs with a knowledgeable, responsible legion of professionals to place between themselves and the vastly larger legion of less informed (about import law), market oriented, traders of foreign products.