Customs Brokerage

Comprehensive customs support in all aspects of customs clearance for full compliance

James Worldwide has experienced Licensed Customs Brokers that can file your Import Security Filing (ISF) and other import-entry-related information with U.S. Customs officials, monitoring your imports throughout the imports clearance process. Working with Customs (CBP), FDA, FCC, EPA, ATF, FSW, DOT, CSPC and all other government agencies allow us to provide you with comprehensive customs clearance support, and to help you achieve your business goals.

Leverage our experience and expertise to gain a competitive advantage on your imports by minimizing your duty, pre-clearing Customs and staying in compliance with Customs regulations.

Navigating the often-complicated process of importing goods can be intimidating without an effective Customs compliance strategy and a reliable Customs broker on your side. We act on your behalf to process your Customs entries, ensure you are compliant with Customs regulations and get your product delivered promptly.

Our value-added customs brokerage services are provided to ensure import clearance success.

  • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
  • Remote Location Filing
  • Pre-Release of Shipments
  • Customs Surety Bonds (Single & Continuous)
  • Automated Clearing House (ACH) duty payments
  • Duty Drawback Services
  • Electronic Transfer
  • FDA, USDA Processing Specialist
  • Importer Security Filing (ISF)
  • In-Bond Services
  • Other Government Agency Reporting
  • Tariff Classification
  • Issue Resolution
  • U.S./Canada Border
  • U.S./Mexico Border
  • Personal Effects Entry
  • Complete EDI & Electronic Integrations
  • Billing & Invoice Creation
  • Collection & Maintenance of FTA/NAFTA
  • Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism


  • Binding Ruling
  • Post Entry Services
  • Tariff Classification Review
  • Compliance Support


James Worldwide is a C-TPAT participant with following benefits:

  • Reduced number of inspections saving time and money
  • A customs assigned supply chain specialist to assist in maintaining membership
  • Online membership list access to confirm vendors & 3PLs C-TPAT status
  • Eligibility for C-TPAT supply chain security seminars
  • Improved knowledge of the supply chain
  • Discovery of potential cost savings
  • Benefit from security best practices knowledge gathered from varied industries

C-TPAT is…

  • C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security.
  • C-TPAT Certification allows importers to take advantage of faster import processing with a secure supply chain.
  • C-TPAT reduces customs inspections and improves the security of importer’s cargo.
  • C-TPAT demonstrates a refocus of U.S Customs, now referred to as U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP). The renamed agency’s first priority is combating the threat of terrorism. USCBP is now a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • C-TPAT offers the trade community an opportunity to assist USCBP in its anti-terrorism efforts while simultaneously obtaining potential benefits in the form of streamlined border crossings, faster import entry clearances, and reduced inspection targeting.
  • C-TPAT is designed to be flexible and scalable to any size company. The voluntary program is also intended to avoid placing excessive financial burdens upon potential participants.
  • C-TPAT membership is not a one-time event. It is a perpetual process that must be integrated into a company’s ongoing operations.
  • During a terrorist attack, or other event of national significance that would halt the movement of freight; cargo controlled by a C-TPAT validated supply chain will be the first to receive customs release and authorization for delivery.

Important Security Filing (ISF):

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires electronic advance cargo information for all shipments arriving the U.S. by vessel in the form of an Importer Security Filing (ISF). The U.S. importer is required to submit the ISF with CBP no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard a vessel destined to the United States.

Failure to file a timely ISF or the filing of an inaccurate ISF may result in a penalty of $5,000, delayed cargo loading at origin or CBP inspection at destination. These are direct costs to the U.S. Importer to be avoided…

James Worldwide can file the ISF on your behalf 24 hours and 7 days a week electronically.

Customs Bonds:

A customs import bond, or a *surety bond essentially is an insurance policy to the United States government. It is a guarantee from a surety company that the importer of record will abide by the laws and regulations governing the importation of merchandise into the United States.

With few exceptions, U.S. Customs & Border Protection regulations require that a customs bond is posted for each commercial import entry submitted. The bond does not offer protection for the importer and does not relieve the importer of any related obligations.

Importers are required to post bonds for the majority of merchandise coming into the United States. In the event goods are delivered and customs subsequently determines the original entry is incorrect (for any reason) a demand for redelivery of the goods to customs supervision, request for additional information, or reassessment of duty may be made. Failure or refusal by the importer to comply will result in a demand for payment against the bond which will be made by the surety company.

Single entry bond services include:

  • For Infrequent Importers
  • Bond Based on Commercial Value
  • Minimum Bond Amount $1K
  • Covers Only One Entry
  • Typically, Lower One-Time Cost
  • No Pre-Authorization Needed
  • NO Activation Waiting Period
  • More Expensive Than Continuous Bonds for High Value shipments
  • Slower Release Timeframe

Continuous bond services include:

  • For Frequent Importers
  • Bond Based on 10% of Pervious Year’s Duties
  • Covers All Entries for A Year
  • Valid with Any Broker Office
  • Requires Annual Renewal
  • Minimum Bond Amount $50K
  • Requires Customs Approval
  • Much Convenient
  • Faster Process with Paperless Release via Electronically

Foreign Assigned Customs Number:
(For NON-US based company)

A foreign based company can apply for a Customs assigned number through James Worldwide which will allow to obtain a Customs bond and import into the U.S. Customs requires that a foreign importer designate an agent in the U.S. to act as their representative.

James Worldwide can obtain this number by submitting it to the Customs via electronically on your behalf. We will be able to obtain a Customs bond and import into the U.S. under that bond once we obtain a Customs assigned number.