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210 East Sunrise Highway
Valley Stream, NY  11581

Telephone: (516) 594-9771
Fax: (516) 594-9779

Customhouse Brokerage

As licensed Customhouse brokers, we are empowered by the US Treasury Department to represent importers before US Customs. 

Customhouse brokers must pass a rigorous test to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of US import rules and regulations.  Our responsibilities include ensuring full compliance with all US import laws, calculating correct total duties, fees and taxes payable for each import, and ensuring that an appropriate surety bond has been posted to secure the delivery of each shipment. 

We must also ensure that all imports comply with other government regulations such as FDA, USDA, EPA, and DOT and we must retain records of every import shipment for at least five years.  Because of their important fiduciary responsibilities, licensed customhouse brokers are also closely regulated and subject to strict oversight by the US federal government.   

Joseph Smith Company boasts one of the highest ratios of licensed brokers on staff in our industry. We have been providing US Customhouse broker services to the international community for over 20 years.

Entry processing
Our staff of licensed Customhouse brokers and clearance professionals is familiar with all types of import clearances, including temporary imports, trade shows, courier shipments, and bulk commodities.
US Customs Automated Systems
Learn more about the US Customs automated systems that we participate in.
Reconciliation Entries
Reconciliation is the process that allows an importer, at the time an entry summary is filed, to identify undeterminable information (other than that affecting admissibility) to Customs and to provide that outstanding information at a later date.
Authorized Ports
We are licensed by US Customs to clear cargo arriving to all US ports, including border crossings and noncontiguous states and territories, such as Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.

U.S. Customs Newsroom

Joseph Smith Company offers a full range of import and export services. Call us toll-free at 888-4-JSMITH (888-457-6484) to see how we can put our experience to work for you.

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Joseph Smith Company is not a licensed OTI. All OTI services will be provided via referral through licensed OTI providers
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