serving the trade community Since 1865

Risk Management

As international trade increases, so do the inherent risks associated with transacting business in a global market place. Cambell & Gardiner's risk management services have been develped to help you be prepared for the problems that may face your business.

Why is compliance important to your company?

In 1993 the U.S. Customs Modernization Act (MOD ACT) was passed. The passage of these new regulations has had a significant impact on importers and exporters. A much greater burden has been placed on the importer in the areas of informed compliance, and record keeping. Increasing numbers of importers are being audited and finding that they have not been in compliance with customs regulations in the past.  Now it is your responsibility to be prepared; non-compliance with these regulations can lead to fines and penalties that can reach as much as $10,000 per entry.  Finding, correcting, and reporting these problems before Customs does, illustrates the use of proper care, and helps to protect against penalties. Our experienced staff is led by licensed customs brokers, and has customs attorneys on retainer.

  Export Consulting

Most items can be imported and exported from the United States without government approval. However, there are a some items that do require approval. Our staff will help you determine the necessary licensing that may be required to export such items in accordance with the commerce control list and any other relevant government regulations.

Export Documentation

All documents are prepared per the shippers instructions while taking into account any regulatory issues. We will also work with you to determine the country, commodity and the specific requirements that need to be met.

We will work the with the Commerce Dept. to assure all government requirements, such as Export Administration Regulations (EAR), are being met and that all necessary licensing is in place prior to shipping. If licenisng is required, we will obtain the Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN) for use on all of the shipping documentation.

Certificates of Origin (C/O)

Standard certificates of origin can be prepared for all shipments. They are signed by the local chamber of commerce and notarized. For shipments to Canada and Mexico a NAFTA c/o is prepared.


Other Export Topics:

Freight Forwarding


Consular documents




As a result of the horrific acts of 9/11 and the ongoing threat of terrorism in this country, the U.S. Customs service has changed its focus from facilitating international trade to combatting terrorism and protecting our borders.

Without losing sight of facilitating trade, Customs has adapted the C-TPAT program, which calls for participation by all of those involved in the internationl supply chain to assist in protecting our borders.

Presently the program is only open to importers. The application is available on the customs website or you can contact our office for additional information. Participation will result in the following benefits to importers:
  • Efficient Supply Chain
  • Reduced Inspections by Customs
  • Customs assigned account manager
  • C-TPAT Membership List
  • Account Based Processes (monthly duty payments)
  • Self Policing and Assessment

This program is gaining popularity and often being amended. Check back often for changes and updates.

Bill of lading required for Non-AMS shipment

Importer Benefits

Importer Security Criteria


The following documents are useful for your C-TPAT procedures, as well as distributing to all parties handling cargo.

7 Point Container Inspection

17 Point Tractor Inspection

Seal Inspection


1//07 Cambell & Gardiner Inc. Recieved C-TPAT Approval

4/12/07 Security Guidelines for Food Industry