Library Includes FTZ No. 9 publications and video, U.S. Customs and Border Protection publications, and other relevant information.
Simplifed Duty Savings Calculator The U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board has developed a tool for small and medium sized businesses to easily help you evaluate potential FTZ duty savings. You can enter the requested information and the worksheet (in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format) will automatically calculate estimated FTZ duty savings. You can use additional copies of the worksheet for additional inputs or finished product-input combinations.
Customs Brokers This page lists contact information for the licensed customhouse brokers that are permitted to conduct Customs business in the State of Hawaii. It is important to note that Customs brokers are persons, partnerships, or corporations who assist businesses with international imports and exports. Regardless if the method of shipping is by air, land, or water, customs brokers serve as the middlemen to ensure all international procedures are followed. Customs brokers must be licensed by the United States Customs and Border Protection and they must show that they are knowledgeable of federal custom and border regulations.
The complexities and dynamics of international trade are such that an importer will find it extremely advantageous to obtain the services of a customs broker in order to facilitate the importation of goods. The complexity of the job is evident when one considers that for every shipment entering the U.S. there are 500 pages of Customs regulations and thousands of tariff items to consider. The broker must be well-versed in determining proper classifications and dutiable value, and be fully aware of the vast number of commodities subject to quotas. The customs broker must also possess a thorough knowledge of tariff schedules and Customs regulations and keep abreast of the amendments made through constant changes in the law and administrative regulations. The broker's operation often transcends Customs, calling for contact with over 40 other government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on meat importation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on vehicle emission standards or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on product safety. For these reasons, the services of a Customs Broker are highly recommended to the importer.
Shipping Agents Lists contact information for the members of the Hawaii Ship Agents Association.
U.S. Customs & Border Protection Forms Page Need a CF 214 or a CF 7501? Electronic versions of many CBP forms are available here.
Links to related foreign-trade zone sites.