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    Ask a customs broker anything

    I had fun with this on FB and another board Iím a member of. Iím a licensed customs broker and clear imported goods through US Customs for companies and individuals.

    Got any questions youíve wondered about for imports?

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    Okay---When place an order for some small, hard-to-find part on EBay, and it is shipped from China, how much time does it add to the shipment, to go through customs? What about Canada or the UK?

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    How much time does the customs process add to the shipping schedule?
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    How much time does the customs process add to the shipping schedule?
    Once I submit the entry electronically, it’s usually cleared within a few minutes. However, certain commodities such as food, pesticides, etc., are subject to additional govt agency oversight, and those will take longer. Depends on if an exam is required upon arrival.

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    What was the most complex customs experience you had to handle?
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    What are the top-3 high-level things you'd change about the process?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    What was the most complex customs experience you had to handle?
    Fresh mangoes. The inspection coordination on air frt to get it done soon enough so the fruit doesn’t spoil - oy veh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    What are the top-3 high-level things you'd change about the process?
    1. Make all the CBP port contact info on their port page on CBP website exactly the same. Some just have phone numbers. Others have all the dept emails. Others just have a main number. CBP rarely answers the phone these days, in my experience, so you need to contact them via email.

    2. All port of entry procedures standardized for each port. Some want documents a certain way. Others refuse to answer emails if they’re not formatted just so (I’m serious).

    3. CBP needs to have procedures documented where you can find the info. Trying to find stuff is awful.

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    Okay-----Tradd, have you ever gotten a large, suspicious-looking shipment of boxes of chocolates from Switzerland or wherever, and had to open up a box and pass it around the office to your colleagues, just to make sure it wasn't contraband? Just Curious.

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