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UPDATED: 5/7/05

Ocean Freight Charges

As an indirect effect of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 1999, customs brokers are no longer able to obtain ocean freight charges from the carrier. This information is required on customs entries for two reasons: First, the ocean freight may be included in the sale price and it may or may not be treated as a non-dutiable charge, and secondly it is used for statistical purposes by various government agencies.

In the past, we would call the carrier and they would give us the charges, which we would use when filing the entry. Since we are no longer able to do so, it is now the importers' responsibility to supply this information. As the importer of record, it is your responsibility to use reasonable care, and to provide us with accurate information for your shipments. We recommend you speak to your shippers about this new procedure, and make arrangements for them to provide you with the ocean freight charges, along with the other standard shipping documents that you receive.

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