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Customs Clearance Process FAQs

Learn more about the customs clearance process

Whenever an import shipment arrives in the United States, customs clearance is required. Shipments valued at over $2,500 require formal clearance by a customs broker. Customs regulations require a customs broker to have power-of-attorney from the importer of record in order to clear shipments on their behalf. American Cargoservice has the necessary customs power-of-attorney to arrange customs clearance on behalf of the University of California.

Note the following term definitions referenced below:

  • Shipper: Party sending the shipment
  • Importer of record: Party receiving the shipment (generally the University of California)
  • Broker: Professional agent, licensed by the U.S. customs, to act on behalf of the University of California in preparing and submitting all documents for clearing goods through customs

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the customs process.