With a wealth of industry experience at our disposal, we have compiled an extensive catalog of frequently referenced material, government agencies and affiliations that may be of use to you as well. We encourage you to share suggested links as we develop this resource area into an even more valuable tool for our collective interest in opening world markets.
CBP – Customs and Border Protection
CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s largest and most complex agencies, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It is also responsible for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.
C-TPAT – Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism
The C-TPAT program was created in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 and it seeks to safeguard the world’s trade industry from terrorist efforts, whilst maintaining the economic health of the U.S and its neighbors. This partnership develops and adopts measures that add security to the trade infrastructure, but do not have restrictive effects. With more than 10,000 certified partners that span the trade community including U.S importers, U.S/Canada/Mexico highway carriers, rail and sea carriers, licensed US Customs brokers, US marine ports and terminals, US freight consolidators, OTIs, and NVOCCs, these companies account for over 50% (by value) of products and merchandise imported into the United States.
As a key player in the supply chain process, TLR’s adoption of the C-TPAT program has provided an added level of security to our customers’ import transactions. With well-documented supply chain and security procedures in place, suppliers, manufacturers, vendors, transportation providers, customs brokers, etc. adhere to rigorous validation procedures to ensure program compliance. Any questions regarding TLR’s C-TPAT program involvement should be directed to CTPAT@shiptlr.com
ISF – Importer Security Filing (10+2)
The Security Filing, commonly known as the “10+2” initiative, is a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulation that requires importers and vessel operating carriers to provide additional advance trade data to CBP pursuant to Section 203 of the SAFE Port Act of 2006 and section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, for non-bulk cargo shipments arriving into the United States by vessel.
CFR 19 – Code of Federal Regulations, Title 19
USITC – United States International Trade Commission
Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS)
BIS – Bureau of Industry and Security
The historic mission of the Department is “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce” of the United States. This has evolved, as a result of legislative and administrative additions, to encompass broadly the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation’s economic development and technological advancement.
EAR – Export Administration Regulations
These are the unofficial electronic Export Administration Regulation files created by Bureau of Industry and Security. The legally official text of the EAR is provided via the Federal Register publications.
CFR 49 – Code of Federal Regulations, Title 49
CFR 15 – Code of Federal Regulations, Title 15
Commerce and Foreign Trade
US Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division
To provide detailed statistics on goods and estimates of services shipped from the U.S. to foreign countries.
DHS – U.S. Department of Homeland Security
The vision of Homeland Security is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards. Three key concepts form the foundation of our national homeland security strategy designed to achieve this vision: Security, Resilience, and Customs and Exchange.
TSA – Transportation Security Administration
Following September 11, 2001, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) was created to strengthen the security of the nation’s transportation systems and ensure the freedom of movement for people and commerce. Today, TSA secures the nation’s airports and screens all commercial airline passengers and baggage. TSA uses a risk-based strategy and works closely with transportation, law enforcement and intelligence communities to set the standard for excellence in transportation security.
IATA – International Air Transportation Association
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 240 airlines or 84% of total air traffic. We support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.
FMC – Federal Maritime Comission
The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the U.S. international ocean transportation system for the benefit of U.S. exporters, importers, and the U.S. consumer.
DOT – Department of Transportation
Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
FDA – Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It consists of the Office of the Commissioner and four directorates overseeing the core functions of the agency: Medical Products and Tobacco, Foods, Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, and Operations.
DDTC – Directorate of Defense Trade Controls
The U.S. Government views the sale, export, and re-transfer of defense articles and defense services as an integral part of safeguarding U.S. national security and furthering U.S. foreign policy objectives. The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), in accordance with 22 U.S.C. 2778-2780 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) (22 CFR Parts 120-130), is charged with controlling the export and temporary import of defense articles and defense services covered by the United States Munitions List (USML).
ATF – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
ATF is a unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products.
FWS – Bureau of Fish and Wildlife
Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people
USDA – U.S. Department of Agriculture
We provide leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency
When Congress writes an environmental law, we implement it by writing regulations. Often, we set national standards that states and tribes enforce through their own regulations. If they fail to meet the national standards, we can help them. We also enforce our regulations, and help companies understand the requirements.
FTC – Federal Trade Commission
To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.
ITA – International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA) strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA works to improve the global business environment and helps U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. ITA supports President Obama’s recovery agenda and the National Export Initiative to sustain economic growth and support American jobs.
ICPA – International Compliance Professionals Association
ICPA is a non-profit, global trade compliance community whose mission is to provide networking opportunities and resources to individuals involved in international trade compliance.
NCBFAA – National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association
Headquartered in Washington, DC, the NCBFAA represents nearly 940 member companies with 100,000 employees in international trade – the nation’s leading freight forwarders, customs brokers, ocean transportation intermediaries (OTIs), NVOCCs and air cargo agents, serving more than 250,000 importers and exporters. Established in 1897 in New York, NCBFAA is the effective national voice of the industry. Through our various committees, counsel and representatives, the Association maintains a close watch over legislative and regulatory issues that affect its members.
CRCBFA – Columbia River Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association
Established in 1977, the Columbia River Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association (CRCBFA) promotes the Oregon and Southwest Washington customs brokerage and freight forwarding industry as a whole. We are a group of licensed Customs House Brokers and Freight Forwarders focused on maintaining the flow of legitimate, international trade and education. Our organization takes an active leadership role in organizing and participating in seminars and conferences which are relevant to its members, and their clients. We often jointly sponsor sessions with other common interest organizations and government agencies.
PCC – Pacific Coast Council / WESCCON
The Pacific Coast Council of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Assns. Inc. (PCC) was established to further the interests of Pacific Coast freight forwarders and customs brokers, their customers, U.S. exporters and importers, and the entire international trade community. It is the primary goal of the PCC to foster the unimpeded flow of international trade along the U.S. Pacific Coast, and to assure the productive participation of forwarders and brokers.
LACBFFA – Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association
The Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association is the premier organization in Southern California for International Trade, representing common business interests of Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders as professionals in dealing with government, carriers, industry and one another.
CBFANC – Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of Northern California
The purpose of the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of Northern California (CBFANC) is to air industry issues; improve standards of conduct and services; highlight innovations, trends, and regulatory changes which may affect members’ clients; and take common action when necessary.
CBIFFAWS – Customs Brokers & International Freight Forwarders Assoc. of Washington State
To deal with matters of mutual interest affecting Customs Brokers’ and International Freight Forwarders’ welfare.
GOAL – Global Ocean Agency Lines
Global Ocean Agency Lines, L.L.C. (“GOAL”) is an integrated supply chain solution provider. With over 100 offices worldwide, GOAL provides cost-effective distribution solutions between 30 + countries. Our unique business model was designed around a partnership between logistic providers and customers. Each GOAL office is managed around the entrepreneurial principal of developing distribution solutions which are flexible and specific to the needs of the customer. Local office autonomy coupled with a centralized information center, located in Shanghai; provide state of the art information technology and person-to-person support. We strive to build long-term customer relationships on a shipment-by-shipment basis. Our business model is solutions oriented, customer driven and grounded with our most important asset – people. GOAL services span the spectrum of customers with infrequent air and ocean shipments to large scale 3PL platforms. The next step is to click on the GOAL Office Locator and let us demonstrate our personal commitment to servicing your account.
NRA – National Rifle Association
While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. But our successes would not be possible without the tireless efforts and countless hours of service our nearly four million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs
NSSF – National Shooting Sports Foundation
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers.
SAAMI – Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institue, Inc.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) is an association of the nation’s leading manufacturers of firearms, ammunition and components. SAAMI was founded in 1926 at the request of the federal government and tasked with:
Creating and publishing industry standards for safety, interchangeability, reliability and quality
Coordinating technical data
Promoting safe and responsible firearms use
The work at SAAMI is accomplished by its committees. Technical excellence is always our goal and safety is always the prerequisite. SAAMI supports science-based solutions to the many issues related to firearms, ammunition and components
NASGW – National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers is comprised of wholesalers, manufacturers, and independent sales reps – both national and international – all of whom are primarily involved with hunting and shooting sports equipment and accessories.
PNDC – Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition
Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC), an association of companies in the defense and security industries, fosters steady economic growth for the region and sustainable long-term profits for its members.
AgTC – Agriculture Transportation Coalition
The AgTC is the place where cargo owners/forwarders in ag and forest products share information on transportation, and join forces to pursue policies and practices that will further their export objectives