Border Brokers

CTPAT Program

Border Brokers is a certified participant in the U.S. Customs Border and Protection CTPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) program. CTPAT is but one layer in CBP’s multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security.

It is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain.

International supply chain stakeholders include:

  • Licensed Customs Brokers
  • Importers
  • Carriers
  • Consolidators
  • Manufacturers

CTPAT Certification Benefits

CTPAT certification gives us a competitive advantage for our customers. We encourage anyone in the trade industry to join.

Potential benefits include:

  • Fewer cargo exams
  • Priority treatment, should an exam be necessary.
  • Improved overall supply chain security
  • Reduced border inspections

Participation in this program requires that specific security criteria is in place at the point of stuffing; procedures to inspect, properly seal and maintain the integrity of shipping containers and trailers.

If you would like additional information regarding the CTPAT security criteria and/or how to participate in the program, please visit the CBP website,

Benefits of Choosing Border Brokers

Close to the Border

Our selection of U.S. offices ensures in-person assistance at Ports of Entry near Buffalo NY, Blaine WA, and Pembina ND.

Reliable Expertise

Our team of U.S. customs brokers skilled in U.S. customs brokerage ensures peace of mind when importing.

Coverage from Origin to Destination

With industry professionals on either side of the border, Border Brokers can stay with you during every step of the process.

FAQs About US Customs Clearance

  • Do I need a license to import into the U.S.?

    While CBP doesn’t require an importer to have a license or permit, other agencies may require a license, permit, or other certification based on the goods being imported. These can be found on this page under the “Special Requirements” heading.

  • What is covered under USMCA/CUSMA?

    Any commodity that meets the requirements for claims of Preferential Tariff Treatment can be imported under USMCA/CUSMA to reduce tariff fees with the presentation of a Certificate of Origin. Goods valued under $1,000 USD do not always need a Certificate of Origin.

  • What if I don’t know the HTSUS classification?

    Border Brokers can advise on the proper classification of your goods. U.S. importers can also request a Ruling Letter from CBP that defines the proper HTSUS classification and rate of duty for their goods.

  • Can I deliver my goods across the border myself?

    Yes. This is a common method of shipping for small personal importers. However, you will be required to have the correct documentation on hand and be able to answer any questions from CBP officers.

  • Will Import Quotas affect me?

    Anybody who is importing may be affected by Absolute or Tariff-rate quotas. These may restrict the goods you can import during certain time periods, or may enforce higher rates of duty on goods exceeding the quota. You can find more information about CBP quotas on this page.

  • What are the costs associated with importing?

    These costs are typically duty and taxes, but incorrect documentation can lead to additional fees in the form of fines or refiling paperwork. Shipping costs may apply to importers who are not physically moving their own goods.


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