Shipping Lithium Batteries

Lithium ion batteries are considered hazardous due to the flammable nature of the electrolytes. Many countries and carriers have strict regulations, particularly via Air Freight. If your goods contain lithium batteries, please have your supplier provide the following battery information: Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Safety Transport Certificate Once the battery classification is determined, Cargocentric can help determine which…

Antidumping and Countervailing Duties

What are Anti-dumping and Countervailing Duties? Domestic U.S. industries have the right to petition with the U.S. government for relief from imports of products that they believe to be dumped (imported at less than “fair value”) and/or benefiting from foreign government subsidies.  The U.S. government has the ability to impose Anti-dumping and/or Countervailing duties respectively…

Binding Rulings

If there is ambiguity with determining the HTS classification of a product, the importer can submit a binding ruling request to Customs. There are three ways submit a binding ruling request. You can file an e-binding ruling request yourself. Customs does not charge any fee for filing and they usually respond in 30 days. Here is…

To palletize or not to palletize

Importers often wonder if their shipments should ship on pallets. Lets review the pros and cons: Pros: Added Protection Easier to move multiple cartons at a time Receiving parties (customer or warehouses) may charge additional fees for receiving loose cartons. Cons: Adds weight and volume Increases freight costs The type of commodity typically determines if…

What is a Carnet?

Carnets are used to allow the temporary entry of items without having to pay duty or taxes.  This is particularly useful for when shipping tools/equipment, commercial samples, or goods for exhibitions and conventions. Carnets can be used in 86 countries (and counting).  A carnet is a physical document that acts like a passport for cargo.…