According to Livingston International, there’s no getting around it: If you import goods and materials across the border, eventually your business will be audited.

This is especially troubling since the shipper—and not its logistics provider or customs broker— bears ultimate responsibility for any compliance mistakes. And though it’s not common, a company’s employees may also be held personally liable for errors.

As any company that has previously faced a customs compliance audit can tell you, the process is extremely time-consuming– typically a year or more– and punishment for noncompliance can be harsh.



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CUSTOMS COMPLIANCE: HAS YOUR BUSINESS TAKEN THE NECESSARY STEPS?