The UNCD Services can provide you with as much or as little assistance as your business requires. By utilizing our “integrated logistics” systems, you can combine our extensive logistics expertise with a variety of custom information technology platforms – enabling a comprehensive management solutions system. However, if you already have existing relationships in place, we are comfortable working with your current partners; and will do our best to integrate all services efficiently.
What is the risk to your business if something happens to the cargo that you shipped, or to the vessel that the cargo was being transported? Did you know that if a vessel takes on severe damage that YOU the cargo owner of freight on that vessel are responsible for paying the pro-rata share of the vessel repair? Over the years, we have heard too many stories where cargo owners did not properly assess their risk and, consequently, lost their total investment. Stories ranging from simple cargo theft from the back of a truck, crushed and open cartons disclosed upon final delivery to a lack of General Average insurance and spending equal value of the goods to retain release after a vessel incident causing damage to a vessel. When it comes to cargo insurance for the supply chain process, the cost of not buying insurance greatly outweighs the minimal amount spent on coverage!
The American Companies can give you a logistic risk assessment that will inform you of the options you have in case of supply chain losses, it is part of our commitment to customer service. If you would like to have a better understanding of your logistics risk please contact one of our in-house insurance specialists – a few minutes can give you lasting peace of mind.
We can assist you with the following services/programs that will help ensure your company’s compliance with the correct government agency. Did you know that CBP will begin the liquidated damages phase of ISF enforcement on July 9, 2013, adding to the use of manifest holds and non-intrusive inspections to enforce ISF compliance. In order to achieve maximum compliance with the least amount of disruption to the trade and to domestic port operations, CBP has been applying a measured and commonsense approach to enforcement. Additionally, CBP may issue liquidated damages of $5,000 per violation for the submission of an inaccurate, incomplete or untimely filing. Liquidated damages in simplified terms refer to a penalty secured by a bond. If goods for which an ISF has not been filed arrive in the U.S., CBP may withhold the release or transfer of the cargo. For carrier violations of the vessel stow plan requirement, CBP may refuse to grant a permit to unlade for the merchandise. Additionally, non-compliant cargo could be subject to further inspection on arrival.
In an effort to assist you in preventing any infractions we cover all materials dealing with the: Import Security Filing (ISF) Compliance Matrix. Specifically we will assist you with the following: Automated ISF Compliance Reporting (TAC detailed KPI – Report Card); Single Shipment Discrepancy Reports. Ensure your compliance with the C-TPAT program; Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) Program; Record Keeping Requirements; Pre-Classification of all Imported/Exported Products; Product Line Reviews and Internal Audit Process Reviews; (OGA) Assessment and (FDA/FCC/FWS/DOT/EPA/Etc.); Development & Application of all Customs Trade Preference Programs. Compliance can be made simple, don’t find out the hard way how costly non-compliance can be!
Our commitment to customer service and relentless attention to detail consistently sets us apart and ensures that all aspects of the custom clearance process go smoothly. Our goal is to be a value added partner during the entire import & distribution logistics process. We will review all your products ensuring correct classification on the “up front” – both on the initial transition process, and ‘as needed’ for new products. Ensure consistency and accuracy – CBP entries compared with the data on the applicable ISF filings. And even review alternative methods of shipment through the US, and ways to declare your arrivals to CBP, based on your supply chain processes.
The following are just some of the services we provide for your U.S. Customs Entry needs: Import (HTS) Classifications; Binding Rulings; Advice on Trade Preference Programs; Protest Filing; Complete Inbound Management Programs; Customs Bonds; Cargo Insurance; All Post Entry work; Protest preparation and filing.Follow-up on liquidation issues. Visibility to critical information regarding your imports and exports.
We aren’t happy to simply push your products through customs, but offer a customized analysis of your purchasing patterns to find the most efficient, cost effective approach. Solutions could include using a Bonded Warehouse Facilities, Foreign Trade Zones, Drawback Programs or even evaluating relationships with Buying/Selling Agents, Manufacturers, Licensees. Find out today what we might be able to do for you!
From origin to destination we specialize in cleansing and converting your shipping documents into easily accessible data. In order to facilitate your ability to make accurate decisions, we maintain a Data Entry Center in Shenzhen China. Our commitment to you is simple: your data is never outsourced and always managed by our dedicated employees and controlled on a local level. Having a specialized team that stays focused on only shipping documents ensures our ability to maintain the highest level of integrity that your data deserves.
Each shipper and country have their own format of documents, making these shipping documents very hard to interpret for data entry. We challenge our management team daily to maintain processes that consistently assure quality data entry. Prior to starting the process of data cleansing and conversion of documents to data, we completely review the various types of shipping and commercial documents. Then we create templates that our data entry staff uses to ascertain the correct and required information for the data entry input fields based on the samples of the documents presented. Our staff is trained on how to interpret shipping documents for an overwhelming amount of different types of commercial documents, from many different trade lanes.
The UNCD Services document imaging strategy promotes workflow processing, saves storage space, assists in our Green Initiative and is approved by Custom Border and Protection (CBP). This is truly a win-win for all supply chain parties involved.
The UNCD Services, as well as our importing clients, are required by regulations to save all import documentation for five years from the date of entry into the USA. Such a large volume of paper documents requires valuable storage space which, over the years, can add up to be an unwanted expense. Additionally, when you need to retrieve particular shipment documents for an audit inquiry, a request to the storage facility needs to be made which slows down your workflow process – adding to your cost of labor.
Our Cargo/Parcel tracking software is an easy to use solution – seamlessly have your documents scanned and made available to you in various formats. All of your vital information can be stored on a CD with an indexing feature, routed via email to the appropriate party, or sent to you via secure FTP/AS2 for easy access – increase your workflow efficiency and decrease labor costs.
Please note: all information is also compliant with CBP section 163.5(b)(2) storage on electronic media, when requested and approved by CBP. If the importer has a CBP customs audit they will be allowed to use the scanned image and not the original source document. We have also had our importers use this for their year-end accounting audits.
Our systems can also supply you with a pure paperless billing in various simple and non-technical methodologies such as sending all scanned image documents via email.