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ITAR - International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of United States government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML).[1] These regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and are described in Title 22.

EAR - The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Code of Federal Regulations Title 15 chapter VII, subchapter C, also known as Export Administration Regulations (EAR), in the United States. The BIS regulates the export and re-export of most commercial items. Some commodities require a license in order to export. There are different requirements to export lawfully depending on the product or service being exported.

ECCN - An Export Control Classification Number (ECCN) is a specific alpha-numeric code that identifies the level of export control for articles, technology and software (collectively, "Items") that are exported. The ECCN classification that applies to any specific item is determined by referring to a table that is issued for the United States by the Bureau of Industry and Security.

CCL - The Commerce Control List (CCL) is a list of items under the export control jurisdiction of the Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce. The CCL is contained in Supplement No. 1 to Part 774 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), 15 C.F.R. §774.1.

Export Licensing - Certain Exports and re-exports require an export license issued the BIS and Department of Commerce. In general, licensing is determined via the ECCN.

SED/EEI - The Electronic Export Information (EEI and formerly known as Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED)), is required by law to enable U.S. Government agencies to enforce laws related to the export of goods. It was also traditionally used by the U.S. Census Bureau to compile official U.S. export statistics.

RLF - Remote Location Filing is a relatively new program offered by Customs that enables certain Customs Brokers to electronically file Customs clearance on behalf of customers in ports other than where they are domiciled.

ISF 10 + 2 - U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Import Security Filing (ISF) 10+2 interim final ruling became effective on January 26, 2009, and becomes mandatory as of January 26, 2010. The regulation requires importers and ocean carriers to electronically submit additional data to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on vessels destined to the United States.

Duty Drawback - Drawback has typically been denoted as a situation in which a duty or tax that has been lawfully collected is refunded or remitted, wholly or partially, because of a particular use made of the commodity on which the duty or tax was collected. Drawback is an opportunity for companies to minimize expense and increase cash flow.

Customs Broker - A profession that involves the 'clearing' of goods through customs barriers for importers and exporters (usually businesses). This involves the preparation of documents and/or electronic submissions, the calculation (and usually the payment) on behalf of the client of taxes, duties and excises, and facilitating communication between the importer/exporter and governmental authorities. Customs brokers in the USA will often prepare and submit documentation to notify or obtain the clearance from other government agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Fish and Wildlife Service, and many others. Customs brokers need to be familiar with the Tariff Schedule, a listing of duty rates for imported items, and the regulations governing importations found in the Code of Federal Regulations Title 19, known as 19 CFR.

Bonds - Importer Entry Bond is a customs bond posted by an importer to guarantee the payment of import duties and taxes, and to assure compliance with any pertinent law, regulation or instruction. There are many different types of bonds and bonded movements. Please contact us for specific information.

LT - Less than load or less than truck load.

FTL - Full truck load.

LCL - Less than Container Load.

FCL - Full Container Load.

PAPS - Pre-Arrival Processing Systems is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system designed to provide CBP with advance information on goods entering the U.S. It expedites clearances, reduces traffic congestion at ports of entry and enables CBP to perform risk assessment and clearance in advance of goods arriving at the border. Shipments entering the U.S. at overland ports of entry along the Canada - U.S. border must utilize the Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS), the Border Release and Selectivity System (BRASS) or the FAST – National Customs Automation Program (FAST/NCAP) procedures.

PARS - Pre-Arrival Review System (PARS) is a system that allows Canada Customs & Revenue Agency (CCRA) to examine a carrier's documents before the vehicle arrives at the border point. This results in the majority of vehicles being released at the point of primary inspection.