Compliance Audits and Self-Assessments  

A customs compliance program is only effective when it is actually being used – and used properly – by a company. To determine how well your company’s compliance program (along with its manual) is working, a business should conduct both periodic and ad hoc (unannounced) audits of its customs compliance program.

The experienced customs and trade attorneys at Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph can help your company design and implement a rigorous customs compliance audit program.

We can either create the self-assessment program for you to implement on your own, or we can both design the program and conduct the audit. In the latter case, we will also create for you a customized audit report with an assessment as to how your compliance program performed and what steps, if any, should be taken to improve the program in the future.

In addition, our attorneys can work with your compliance and import operations personnel to conduct importer self-assessments, a formal assessment tool established by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to provide importers with a voluntary approach to trade compliance. If your company is taking part in certain preferential programs like the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), importer self-assessments are required in order to reap the benefits of the C-TPAT program. However, even if you are not part of C-TPAT, performing your own self-assessments – or compliance audits – makes great sense.

From compliance audits to self-assessments, let the legal professionals of Fuerst Ittleman David & Joseph help ensure that your company is ready to handle all of its import operations effectively, efficiently, and in full compliance with all of its legal requirements.