First-time Importers

First-time Importers

Importing can be complicated, especially for the first time. We’re here to help make the process as easy, fast and seamless as possible.

We accommodate both local and remote entry processing –  (if you’re not sure about any of this, ask us!) – as well as Importer Security Filings (ISF 10+2).

We work with many, many first-time importers, and no matter where you are in the process, we’ll be happy to guide you through your first experience.

To Begin, Here’s What We Will Need From You:
  • Commercial Invoice: This document will include an accurate description of all commodities being imported, statistical information such as pieces and kilograms, the country of origin, and address of the importer.
  • Ocean Bill of Lading (OBL) or Air Waybill (AWB): This document acts as a contract of carriage as well as a receipt signed by the carrier confirming whether goods matching the contract description have been received. Basically, if you are having something shipped internationally, there will always be an OBL or AWB.

The OBL or AWB must contain the following information:

  • Name of the shipping company or Consignee
  • Country of Origin
  • Shipper’s name
  • Order and notify party
  • Description of goods
  • Gross/net/tare weight
  • Freight rate/measurements and weight of goods/total freight
  • Power of Attorney: This document of written authorization allowing us to work on your behalf for the clearance of goods into the US. Please download the form and fill it out in its entirety.

Download the Power of Attorney Form

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