• Deanna Clark-Esposito

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Penalties are Higher than You Think



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.


Do you need to disclose a potential violation to USCBP?

Have you already been penalized by USCBP?

Do you have questions about the process? We are determined to help you.


We listen carefully to clients to ensure our understanding of the legal issues at hand, their factual context, and any limitations that might impact a chosen strategy. Feel free to connect with us using the contact form at the bottom of the Home page or send us an email at contact@clarkespositolaw.com.





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