Post Entry and NAFTA Refunds

Is your company paying unnecessary duties? Do you have a process in place to identify duty that can be refunded or avoided?

Many companies do not have the support and training required to recognize areas where they have paid duty needlessly. Our team will monitor your supply base and imports to minimize potential duties. In instances where duty could not be avoided at time of entry we will work with your suppliers to obtain valid documentation to file claims with Customs.

Copper Hill utilizes a company developed approach to identify unnecessary duty that has already been paid by your company. We will work with your brokers and perform entry audits to determine duty paid that can be recovered.

Unnecessary duties can be avoided or refunded to your company and our staff can develop a specialized program to assist you to save your company money.

Origin Determination for Marking Purposes

Are your products subject to marking requirements? Does your quality rating with customers depend upon declaring proper marking requirements and documentation?

Origin Determination for Marking Purposes is a requirement under Customs law. It is also frequently a standard requirement set forth by companies to their suppliers. This is often an area overlooked by suppliers that can lead to poor quality ratings with customers and in turn, loss of business and revenue. The experienced staff at Copper Hill will assist you with interpreting the complicated, country-specific marking rules in order to declare the correct country of origin on all of your products.

Copper Hill will provide support to your company by developing a program that minimizes your risk in this area of compliance and customer requirements. Our staff is highly trained to decipher complex marking rules and ensure your company declares an accurate country of origin in accordance with Customs law. We also make certain the origin documentation provided to your customers is complete and valid in order to maximize your quality rating.

Origin Determination for Free Trade Agreements such as NAFTA

Is your company maximizing its FTA potential? Are you declaring the correct origin on your goods in order to qualify for FTAs and avoid duties?

Interpretation of the Rules of Origin for any Free Trade Agreement can be a difficult task. This is one area of Customs compliance that is often completed in error or without the proper supporting documentation. Copper Hill provides a system that ensures an accurate product origin, which is essential to conforming to any Free Trade Agreement.

Our experienced staff is trained to understand and determine the qualification of goods for all existing Free Trade Agreements. We gather essential information about your Bills of Material, costs and your supply base and build a customized program based on your business needs.

Copper Hill will work with your company to qualify your goods for the various Free Trade Agreements, AALA, CAFÉ, etc. We also may be able to identify additional FTAs that your company may not be taking advantage of currently.

Solicitation of Suppliers for Free Trade Related Documents

Are you obtaining all required documentation from your suppliers? Would you be able to provide backup documentation in the event of a Customs audit? Is your supplier documentation being audited in accordance with the applicable Rule of Origin?

Acquiring valid Customs compliance documentation from your suppliers is necessary for the qualification of your goods. This process can be tedious and time consuming if your company does not have the appropriate resources in place. Copper Hill provides origin verification services, including solicitation of your suppliers for all Free Trade Agreements and other compliance documentation.

Our services include document solicitation for all suppliers and systematic follow up to ensure documents are returned in a timely manner. Our team reviews and performs quality checks on all returned documents to ensure they are completed as required, eliminating the risk of paying back duties with interest or financial penalties in case of a Customs audit. All returned data is processed electronically and used for origin determination and duty savings. Additionally, all documents are imaged and retained in accordance with Customs recordkeeping requirements.

Harmonized Tariff Classification

Are you using the correct harmonized tariff codes for your products? Did you know that the tariff code determines the duty rate of your imported good?

Whether you are manufacturing, importing, or exporting, proper tariff classification is an essential part of international trade compliance. Tariff codes are used to determine duty rates and the specific Rule of Origin used to qualify goods for Free Trade Agreements. Incorrect tariff classification can have a direct negative impact on other areas of your company’s trade compliance.

Copper Hill will determine and provide the proper tariff classification and duty rates for your products. We work with your supply chain contacts and/or part blueprints and drawings to obtain information needed on your products to secure the proper tariff classification. Copper Hill will house your products and classifications in a database that allows us to provide the information directly to your Customs Broker.


Did you know there are 6 different approved methods to determine Customs Value? Is your company using the recommended appraisement method to determine the value of your goods?

Customs valuation is the procedure used for determining the value of imported goods into the United States. Incorrect declaration of value can lead to fines and penalties as well as increased duty. It is the responsibility of the importer of record to use reasonable care to value the goods and provide any other information necessary to enable Customs and Border Protection to properly assess duties, collect accurate statistics, and determine whether all other applicable legal requirements are met.

Copper Hill will review your current valuation methodology and determine if the correct method is being used for your company or if it would be beneficial to utilize another approved method. Our team will work with your existing valuation data and compare it to your entry data to ensure correct values were reported to CBP. If incorrect values are found, we will file value reconciliation on your behalf.


Are you taking advantage of all the benefits of being C-TPAT certified? Do your customers have supply chain security requirements?

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a program developed to validate supply chain security and give preference to certified members. By becoming a certified C-TPAT supplier, your company enters a partnership with US Customs and Border Protection and is considered low-risk and is less likely to have goods examined at the border. To apply for the program suppliers must meet strict security requirements and have complete transparency throughout their entire supply chain.

Our dedicated staff will guide you through each step of the application process to become C-TPAT certified. Copper Hill will assess your company’s readiness to apply to the program and offer insight and suggestions to correct any supply chain deficiencies. We can have team members come on-site to your facility, or facilities, to get a first-hand look at your operations.

We also will assist with supplier validations. Our experienced staff will communicate directly with your suppliers and verify their membership in C-TPAT, or in an equivalent international program, in order to comply with C-TPAT requirements.

Audit Support

Did you receive a questionnaire from Customs inquiring about your importing practices? Have you been notified that your company will be audited?

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regularly performs audits in order to assess importers compliance with trade laws and requirements. These audits can range from a CF 28 (Request for Information) to a full review of a company’s importing practice. CBP is increasing its focus on audits in order to determine the probability of noncompliance. This means no matter the size of your company, you could be subject to a Customs audit at any time.

The experienced staff at Copper Hill is ready to guide you through the audit process. We can respond, on your company’s behalf, to any request you receive from CBP. This includes CF 28s, CF 29s, liquidated damages claims, penalty notices, Quick Response Audits and the various questionnaires that come along with Customs audits.

Going through a Customs audit cannot necessarily be avoided, but it can be made easier. To become better prepared, Copper Hill offers full compliance reviews as well as the development of compliance manuals and procedures. Preparation is key when it comes to ensuring your company is compliant with all of Customs rules and regulations.


Have you signed up for Value or NAFTA reconciliation? If not, are you curious how it would benefit your company?

US Customs and Border Protection allows companies to sign up for Reconciliation for various things such as value, classification, and NAFTA. The experienced staff at Copper Hill is ready to guide you through the reconciliation process from sign up, process design, and actual filing.