There are a variety of ways that you may be subject to penalties from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as an importer. Often times importers may not even be aware of the violation that they are committing but USCBP still penalizes businesses for fraud, gross negligence or negligence. The actual penalties range widely but all tiers are monetarily significant and may push your business to financial instability if many violations are found at once.
One of the most effective ways to mitigate the severity of the penalties is a voluntary self-disclosure of violations. The self-disclosure process may be tricky given the difficulty of gauging how much information should be reported to USCBP and how this information can be best framed to reduce the potential penalties.
The absolute best way to approach resolving any USCBP penalty of self-disclosure is to hire an experienced attorney that knows how to navigate the investigation and correspondence that results from potential penalties.
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