Heads Up Customs Brokers-Annual Permit User Fee

The annual user fee for each national permit held by a customs broker, whether it may be an individual, partnership, association, or corporation, is due no later than February 9, 2024.

The customs broker permit user fee payable for calendar year 2024 will be $174.80. CBP is also announcing that customs brokers may pay the fee electronically via the electronic Customs and Border Protection (eCBP) portal.


LinkedIn Comment- Infrastructure

Ken Davis • Regional Vice President of Sales at Omni Logistics

I don’t normally wade into to these issues but, this is important ! Everything you have in your home, business, manufacturing plant, eat and drink comes in on a truck. Those of us that drive everyday know, our roads are in need of repair, bridges need to be rebuilt, infrastructure needs a lot of work. We need safe places for our road drivers to layover and get fuel, eat and shower. We need safe bridges. We need better software at our airports to handle the flights. We need modern equipment at our ports to bring us into the 21st century! 

Mitch Kostoulakos, LCB • Ad Hoc Logistics LLC, Int’l Logistics Consultant/Licensed Customs Broker

Thanks for a great post…a few points to consider:
1) Infrastructure does not get better with age and can’t fix itself.
2) Spending on infrastructure is an investment. It provides good paying jobs and wages will be spent in local economies. Recycle the dollars.
3) It can be done. Visit any EU country and compare the roads, airports, etc to the US. They are way ahead of us.

Let’s Go Chiefs

C- Level executives, perhaps you have been “looking the other way” when it comes to export compliance. If you are lucky there have been no consequences for this negligence. Why not start off 2024 with a little executive action and move your organization towards compliance?

While a complete Export Compliance Program is the ideal solution, you may not be ready to commit the resources needed at this time. However, there are some steps that can be implemented immediately at little cost.

Here are a few best practices to help you get started :

1) Review and confirm correct Harmonized Tariff and Schedule B codes and maintain master list as updates occur. Proper classification follows established protocols and is the starting place for compliance.

2) Check Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for correct ECCN and license exception codes. Are you automatically using EAR99 and NLR? https://www.bis.doc.gov/ can help.

3) Confirm Country of Origin for all imports. This info is needed for your Commercial Invoice and is not always obvious, so consider consulting a Licensed Customs Broker.

4) Check common “Red Flags” such as denied parties lists, entities lists, and unverified lists. Once again, https://www.bis.doc.gov/ provides details and training.

5) Review export documentation for possible improvements.

Make export compliance a front-end process, not a last minute shipping function. Remember, while Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) are valued partners, the exporter bears primary responsibility for compliance. Finally, if exporting under ITAR you need a responsible trained officer.

Contact mitch@adhoclogistics.com for immediate assistance.