Reasonable Care: What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know


By U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 2017-11-22

Reasonable Care Update 2017NOTICE:This publication is intended to provide guidance and information to the trade community. It reflects the position on or interpretation of the applicable laws or regulations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as of the date of publication, which is shown on the front cover. It does not in any way replace or supersede those laws or regulations.

One of the most significant effects of the Mod Act is the establishment of the clear requirement that parties exercise reasonable care in importing into the United States. Section 484 of the Tariff Act, as amended, requires an importer of record to use reasonable care to make entry by filing such information as is necessary to enable CBP to determine whether the merchandise may be released from CBP custody, and using reasonable care, complete the entry by submitting with CBP the declared value, classification and rate of duty and such other documentation or information as is necessary to enable CBP to properly assess duties, collect accurate statistics, and determine whether any other applicable requirement of law is met. CBP notes that requirements related to information and documents apply to electronic records, as well as to hard copy records. Despite the seemingly simple connotation of the term reasonable care, this explicit responsibility defies easy explanation.

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