Coppersmith has decades of experience as Customs brokers.

With more than sixty years experience as Customs brokers, we know the regulations and we know how to classify your products.

Companies founded with Customs brokerage at their core have the understanding and respect for the rules of not only Customs and Border Protection, but the other government agencies who play a role in the import supply chain. Whether understanding complex issues of origin or valuation, writing Customs for a binding classification or helping develop, write and implement an importer’s compliance manual, Coppersmith is your preferred Customs brokerage partner.

Coppersmith President Jeff Coppersmith has worked closely with Customs as a former President of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association as well as a member of the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee, or COAC. In both of these capacities, Jeff was instrumental in helping craft policy for Customs brokers and Customs regulations, offering our customers the chance to participate in pilot programs the agency would develop for the trade.

Customs regulatory expertise.

Customs regulations are complex. Classification, valuation, bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, country of origin; all of these things are important for Customs brokers and importers to have right when the goods are presented to Customs and Border Protection. We understand how Customs works because we work with them around the country every day and have met with them at their headquarters in Washington. Trust Coppersmith for all your Customs brokerage needs.

Expertly navigate Participating Government Agencies with ease.

Importers don’t only have to focus on Customs; their goods may also be subject to the approval of one of dozens of Participating Government Agencies, or PGA’s. These agencies include the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, APHIS and more. For these goods, clearing Customs isn’t enough; the agencies must approve their admissibility as well. Coppersmith is your choice for smooth release of your goods by involved PGA’s.

Coppersmith knows and understands ACE completely.

Customs is changing how they do business and Coppersmith is ready for those changes. Whether the newly deployed Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) or the increasing role of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE’s), Coppersmith has licensed Customs brokers in all of our offices who work together with our management and leadership team to ensure that as CBP continues to evolve how they work with the trade, Coppersmith customers and their imports continue to move through their supply chains.

Licensed Customs brokers with a national permit to clear Customs at airport, seaport and land border crossings.

Experienced in the additional requirements for participatory government agency filings.

Experienced in ACE and capable of managing reports and portals for importers and their communications with Customs.

Since 1948 the Coppersmith tradition of personalized service continues to put our customers first!

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Check, please...

A new Coppersmith client approached us because they did not know how their chief competitor was able to import a similar product from an identical country and sell it for much less money. We advised them that there could be any number of factors in play. Perhaps the goods were being sold for less than fair market value. They might be misdeclaring something illegally. Maybe they were using a different classification. When we reviewed the product and their documents, we discovered the previous Customs broker was classifying their goods at a far higher rate than was applicable. We not only changed the duty rate legally and made them price competitive, we also wrote Customs and demanded refunds for previous importations. Delivering the refund check to them that day was the day they became a customer for life.

Oh, say, can you CEE?

Customs is now fully operational with their Centers for Excellence and Expertise, or CEE’s. The CEE’s, along with the newly-deployed Automated Commercial Environment, represent a seminal change in the way that Customs processes entries and manages compliance. As a broker with nationwide offices and a diverse base of clients, we have many large importers of record whose entries are now moving through the CEE’s for review. Coppersmith’s national reputation as a Customs broker focused on quality, compliance, technology and security have made the transition of processes from local port processing to national CEE processing go relatively smoothly. It is a benefit to have dedicated representation and people to call who are subject matter experts and build up a wealth of knowledge about our importers and their processes.

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