U.S., Canada and Mexico Customs Services
At Trans American we provide Customs clearance services for U.S., Canada and Mexico. As a top 20 U.S. Customs broker1, we are serious about regulatory compliance, security protocols and best practice. Our more than 30 years’ experience means we aren’t afraid of getting dirty in the detail to keep our clients abreast of the ever-changing nature of customs regulations. And our pioneering of nearly 20 industry 'firsts' means we never stop looking for ways to gain an edge for our clients.
About the Customs Clearance Process
Keeping current with import and export compliance is increasingly difficult for shippers, Trans American is a reliable partner to ensure proper clearance for imports and declare all exports. Through effective compliance, release, and analysis, Trans American helps clients manage the cost of importing and exporting while serving as a valued partner in the overall logistics process. We don’t see Customs and logistics as necessary evils but as opportunities to seek out competitive advantages for our clients.
As one of the largest Customs Brokers in the U.S., Trans American understands and addresses the complexities of trade regulations and agreements at all levels — international, national, state, and local. As a licensed Customs Broker, we seamlessly control and manage the process, meet the requirements of the constantly evolving regulatory environment, file your documentation electronically, and minimize the current and future cost of potential non-compliance.
We will advise and assist on admissibility of your merchandise and the level of Customs duties associated with those shipments. Our Customs business incorporates innovative processes, 'out of the box' thinking, and creative logistics solutions to meet your needs on every shipment.
We not only clear your shipment through Customs, but also calculate duties and taxes, prepare Customs bonds, manage any preparation and filing of proper documentation, and handle issues such as duty drawbacks and trade facilitation.
Innovation Timeline 1984 - 2016
For over 30 years Trans American has been spearheading 'firsts' in the Customs Brokerage industry to empower clients.
19841st to require only licensed Customs brokers appointed as client Acct. Mgrs.
19841st to only permit licensed Customs brokers to communicate with Customs and Participating Government Agencies.
19861st to develop specialized service for high volume shippers.
19871st to provide centralized single source service — all other Customs Brokers had offices at each port.
19871st to modernize entire fee structure from valuation (actual brokerage) based on annualized revenue. Applying economy of scale to service fees.
19871st to Guarantee Performance
19881st to provide Summary (combined vs. single) Client Specific Billing
19901st to provide integrated U.S., Canada & Mexico Customs services
19951st to provide Demurrage Protection Guarantee
19971st to provide All Clear, single source for all ports in U.S., Canada & Mexico
1998Launched integrated import & export transportation services
2000Launched TRANSlink™ web base Trade Resources
20041st to design and produce E-Broker Kiosks at land border crossings, shipper sites in Canada & Mexico
20061st to design, produce and deploy E-Manifest Kiosks in U.S., Canada & Mexico
2007Launched EZ-EDI™ for technically challenged shippers
2010Launched TRANStrak™ automatic alerts to clients
2011Launched Client Performance Scoring on a 1-5 scale
2013Transitioned to completely paperless environment
2015Launched TRANSparency™ Supply Chain Intelligence for C-Level Executives
Keep Your Business Moving
We know there’s a lot at stake. A complex environment that’s becoming more complicated every year, Customs clearance must be handled properly or shippers risk delays, penalties, and other challenges. As your Automated Manifest System (AMS) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) compliant partner, Trans American helps you avoid delays and keeps your business running smoothly. Using our tools, logistics experience, and consulting services, your business will receive reliable, consistent service with no interruptions.
If your shipment has special clearance needs — when regulatory agency approval is needed, for example, or when special processing is required — our licensed Customs Brokers have the experience to handle the situation quickly and effectively. We’ll also orchestrate the payment and processing of import duties and tariffs, and facilitate the ultimate delivery of goods.
Well versed in the latest U.S Customs regulations, including Import Security Filing (ISF 10+2), our Customs team streamlines your importing and exporting operations and allows you to focus on what you do best: building and growing your business.
Single Point of Customs Expertise
Trans American Customs activities are spearheaded at the client level by a Personal Account Manager (PAM). Each PAM is a licensed Customs Broker supported by a client service team and has client-specific industry experience. All Trans American clients enjoy a superior relationship with Customs agencies due to the fact that only Trans American licensed Customs Brokers are authorized to communicate directly with Customs. We maintain the very highest industry compliance not only with Customs, but also with all participating government agencies that regulate imports and exports.
Unlike traditional Customs Brokers, we specialize in client-specific services that cater to moderate and high-volume importers. Since 1984, we’ve been serious about compliance but also serious about innovation having pioneered nearly 20 industry 'firsts’, including the development of new products, services, processes and technologies. These innovations have helped our clients realize their global ambitions.
Beyond Customs clearance and related services, to support our clients across their entire supply chain we also specialize in:
Trans American's Customs Clearance Tools
To make the Customs clearance process as efficient and transparent as possible for our clients, we offer the following platforms:
Password-protected web access for electronic billing. E-Bill allows clients 24/7/365 access to invoices with support documents required for Customs record keeping compliance.
Client access proprietary software which automatically converts hard copy documents to EDI formats for transmission to Customs.
E-Customs Broker Kiosk
Clients utilize freestanding kiosks, located at or near border crossings, inland truck terminals, and client sites to prepare and file E-Manifests and access live Client Service personnel 24/7/365. The kiosks are approved by U.S and Canada Customs. All communication between the user (typically a truck driver) and Trans American is video recorded.
Primary content creation tool enables our clients to create Client specific documentation such as Purchase Orders, Commercial Invoices, Canada Customs Invoices, and Importer Security Filings efficiently and effectively through our website.
With online access to the ClearBorder™ web tool, carriers can easily confirm the status of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s PAPS and Canada Customs’ PARS shipments pre-arrival (border) status. The FDA status (updates) will post automatically, i.e. ‘May Proceed’, ‘Hold’, ‘Sample’, etc.
Proprietary shipment tracking system permits tracking from departure to final delivery. Our system seamlessly integrates shipping, trucking, Customs clearance, FDA, EPA, and additional logistics provider information into a single portal. Client-specific 24/7/365 online tracking and an unparalleled ability to carry out transactions from anywhere are available at any time on the Trans American website.
Clients enjoy the flexibility to independently query shipment data and generate customized reports through our website. Shipment status is available in real time 24/7.
For more information about how Trans American can help discover your competitive edge, please contact us today.
What Makes Us Different?
We’re different, because you’re different. We appreciate that no two clients are the same. Each has individual requirements, priorities and ambitions. Our origins as an in-house broker has uniquely equipped us with the ability to approach things from a client perspective. We obsess about helping each client achieve their goals. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ business to gain a deep understanding of their priorities. We then co-create tailored action plans and deploy the necessary resources.
Each client is supported by a dedicated Personal Account Manager, who is a licensed Customs Broker, and Service Team who are committed to flawless execution while relentlessly seeking out improvement opportunities every step of the way. All that we do is geared toward empowering clients with real, customized competitive advantages. Our business is to empower your business.
Government Authorities and Professional Affiliations
We’re serious about compliance. All Trans American services have the requisite government licenses, authority, surety bonds to provide Customs and Transportation services. Trans American maintains the highest levels of regulatory compliance, enforces strict security protocols and maintains overall absolute industry best practice.