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Commodity prices. Weather patterns. The price of fuel and the cost of fertilizer. In the agricultural sector, isn’t there enough to worry about without worrying about the ins and outs of shipping produce or farming equipment?
Whether you’re a farmer or a broker, you have more pressing things to deal with than trying to figure out if you’ve satisfied CFIA’s requirements, whether you need to obtain an FDA registration number or how to get set up to cross at ‘permit ports’ of entry. You don’t have time to deal with the nuances of grain shipment valuations or the need to amend ‘estimated weights and values’ entries once transactions are completed – a vital step to avoid Customs penalties. And whether it’s better to file individual Post Summary Corrections or consider applying for a U.S. Customs reconciliation program – well, that’s likely a question you’d rather leave to the experts.
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of duties and taxes
Of course, if you’re a manufacturer or importer of agricultural machinery such as conveyors, grain bins, tractors and so on, your questions – and the potential headaches – are quite different. To minimize both the up-front costs of duties and taxes and down-the-road penalties for errors, inaccuracies and noncompliance, you undoubtedly have product-specific technical questions. “Does this item qualify for NAFTA or any other free trade agreements?” “Could I be eligible for duty drawbacks?” “Is this product potentially subject to the Special Import Measures Act and the anti-dumping duty that it specifies?”
If you’re like most, you’d probably welcome some sound and reliable customs advice to help keep your business running smoothly…and to keep it clearly out of harm’s way on the compliance front.