15 Reasons Customs May Detain/Seize Your Exports

August 31, 2010
By Robert Stein

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During a recent trade outreach webinar, U.S. Customs listed some of the most common reasons for detention and seizure of exported goods. The reasons include,

1. Never filing/late filing of the Electronic Export Information in the Automated Export System (AES).

2. Declaring a commodity as under $2500 even though invoicing/other docs show that it’s over $2500.

3. Claiming an ITAR exemption rather than getting a Department of State license.

4. Using ITAR exemptions in situations where they don’t apply.

5. Failing to file AES on U.S. Munitions List (USML) goods.

6. Failing to obtain DSP-61 licenses for USML in-transit movements through the U.S.

7. Failing to transmit paperwork for a licensed commodity within the correct time frame with the commodity at the dock.

8. Failing to claim a license or license exemption.

9. Failing to list parties to the movement of the cargo on the license.

10. Indicating a license on the EEI that has nothing to do with the shipment.

11. For licensable cargo, using a forwarder that is not an approved freight forwarder.

12. Using the AES Canadian exemption on USML/Commerce Control List exports.

13. Failing the submit AES filing on DSP 61/73 exports.

14. Failing to submit the ECCN number on AES submissions.

15. submitting the wrong mode of transportation

Watch the U.S. Customs trade outreach webinar from June 10, here.
*link includes audio, video, and on-screen presentation slides*

Robert Stein, Director of Customs & Trade Compliance, submitted the lead for this article. Robert is a licensed U.S. Customs Broker and Certified Customs Specialist.

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