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Import Checklist


  • Contact broker for nature of merchandise and confirm duty rates, quota status and restrictions
  • Confirm shipping and payment terms
  • Select broker and provide purchaser's power of attorney
  • Does purchaser have Customs Bond (single or continuous)?
  • Confirm that supplier will include any assists in shipment value
  • Confirm that country of origin product marking instructions are being followed
  • Include purchaser supplied US Customs harmonized number in shipping description
  • Specify to supplier transportation method and routing
  • Confirm Consignee, notify party, port & markings & that buyer will receive copy of paperwork
  • Specify Forwarder and Broker
  • Completed any required certification
  • Consider strikes or other significant international events that may cause delay
  • Confirm that procedure for transportation insurance coverage is being followed


  • Confirm that freight forwarder has freight & that booking was made per routing instructions
  • Confirm shipment is on intended vessel / flight
  • Determine if pre-clearance through US Customs is possible
  • Check documents received to insure correct Consignee, notify party, destination & markings
  • Confirm Forwarder has sent copies of documents to Purchaser & Broker
  • Confirm Broker is aware of shipment, has all necessary documents, and has been given inland shipping instructions.
  • Prepare infor for special clearances such as FDA
  • Confirm arrival with Broker
  • Obtain pro number, trailer number, anme & phone number of inland carrier
  • Confirm inland delivery with inland carrier

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