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Since 1987, our customers have trusted Unipac Shipping and Continental Agency to clear their goods through customs. Unipac Shipping and Continental Agency are fully licensed and bonded customs house brokers with national permits that allow us to clear customs at any port in the United States. Unlike many freight forwarders who rely on external customs brokers for clearance, we own and operate our own full service customs brokerage house. This results in greater quality control and efficiency for our customers.

Because customs regulations are always changing, our dedicated Compliance Officers hold regular employee training and conduct random file audits to ensure our employees are up-to-date with regulatory changes at both origin and destination that may affect your shipments. Our proactive approach to customs compliance means less risk and reduced costs for our customers.

CUSTOMS CLEARANCE
Our team of experienced U.S. Customs Licensed Brokers and Entry Writers will prepare the required documentation, classify your products, and calculate duties and other taxes necessary to clear your shipments with U.S. Customs, and if applicable, Other Government Agencies (OGA).

CUSTOM CLEARANCE SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Automated Status and Exception Notices
  • Remote Location Filing (RLF)
  • Importer Security Filing (ISF / 10+2)
  • Product Classification
  • Duty Advisory
  • Customs Bonds
  • Duty Drawback
  • Binding Rulings
  • Protests
  • Post Summary Corrections (PSC)
  • Anti-Dumping (AD) and Countervailing (CVD)
  • Secured Transmissions through Automated Broker Interface (ABI)
  • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Participation
  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) Transactions
  • Bonded Warehouse and Foreign Trade Zone Entry Services
  • Parts Database Management
  • Pre-clearance
  • Temporary Importation under Bond (TIB)
  • Carnet
  • Proper Record Keeping
  • Compliance Consulting
  • Other Government Agency (OGA) expertise Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
    Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife (F&W)
    Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
    Department of Transportation (DOT)
    Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
  • Cross Border Services into Canada and Mexico

CUSTOMS BONDS
All importers must post and maintain a Customs Bond if importing commercial goods valued at over $2,500 to serve as a financial guaranty to U.S. Customs that all duties, taxes and fees will be paid. Unipac Shipping and Continental Agency work with only top-rated underwriters to offer all different types of bonds, but the two most common bonds for our customers are:

CUSTOM BONDS INCLUDES

  • Single Entry Bond – covers a single transaction
  • Continuous Bond – covers all transactions for one year from date of issuance

DUTY DRAWBACK
U.S. Customs estimates that approximately $2.5 billion in Duty Drawback refunds go unclaimed every year.
Duty Drawback is the refund, reduction, or waiver, in whole or in part of customs duties assessed or collected upon importation of an article or materials which are subsequently exported or destroyed.


  • Does your company pay duty on imported goods?
  • Continuous Bond – covers all transactions for one year from date of issuance
  • Does your company export or destroy any imported goods?
  • Does your company export or destroy any rejected imported goods?
  • Does your company manufacture using imported components and exports the finished goods?
  • Does your company plan to export or destroy any imported goods in the future.

If you have answered “Yes” to more than one of the questions above, you may be eligible for a Duty Drawback and claim 99% of the duty paid on the imported goods.

Unipac Shipping and Continental Agency operate under a contingency fee structure where we only bill our customers after receipt of a successful Duty Drawback refund. We charge our customers a fixed percentage of the total Duty Drawback recovered as a fee for our services.

Optional Duty Drawback services include

  • Application for Waiver of Prior Notice of Intent to Export or Destroy
  • Application for Drawback One Time Waiver
  • Application for Drawback Accelerated Payment
  • Binding Ruling for Substitution Drawback

For more information, please contact our Duty Drawback team for a FREE eligibility analysis.

TRADE CONSULTING
Each Unipac Shipping and Continental Agency office employs a dedicated Compliance Officer and multiple U.S. Customs Licensed Brokers. Our experienced Trade Consulting and Compliance teams are available to assist with regulatory compliance and identifying potential cost saving opportunities within your supply chain.

TRADE CONSULTING SERVICES INCLUDE

  • On-site Training
  • Duty Preference Programs
  • Free Trade Agreements
  • Foreign Trade Zones
  • Customs Audits
  • Customs Fines and Penalties
  • Requests for Information
  • Notices of Action
  • Export Licensing

A NEW ERA OF CONVENIENCE

In the arena of international trade, exporters and importers alike are faced with a myriad of legal and regulatory complexities that have an impact on the movement of their goods. Unlike many freight forwarders who rely on external customs brokers on clearance, we own and operate our own full service customs brokerage house. This single source synergy allows for true logistical integration, resulting in greater quality control and efficiency.

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