Customs Clearance

First Time Vendors

Textiles and Apparel

Whether you are a U.S. or foreign company seeking to start your import business into the United States, or an experienced importer looking to expand, Crowley’s trade specialists will guide you through the importer’s registration process and import bond requirements while addressing any duty payment concerns that you may have. Partnering with us will expedite your cargo, keep you in compliance, and eliminate delays and unnecessary fees.

We are pleased to offer the following resources to help first-time importers comply with regulatory requirements:

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

  • Importer Registration(CF5106)
  • Foreign Importer Registration(non-resident importers certification)
  • Customs Bond Application / Renewals (Please allow up to three weeks for Bonds to be processed. In lieu of the Continuous Bond, a single-entry Bond can be used per entry. Get started by downloading the bond application form, here: Bond Application Form
  • Importer Security Filing / Self Filing ISF Web Portal
  • Free Trade Agreement Guidance(CAFTA / NAFTA / HOPE)
  • Tariff Classification / Binding Ruling Assistance
  • Duty Refund Services(Protests / Reconcilation / Drawbacks)
  • Anti-Dumping / Countervailing Duty Reviews
  • Request for Information / Notice of Action Assistance(CF28/29)
  • C-TPAT Application, Validation and Audit Assistance
  • All Risk Cargo Insurance

Food & Drug Administration

  • FDA Agent Representation
  • FDA Red Alert List Removal
  • FDA Food Facility Registration / Renewals
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
  • PACA License Assistance

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • USDA Import Permit Assistance
  • Agriculture Marketing Service(AMS)
  • USDA Quarterly Updates – Port Everglades
  • Country of Origin Labeling(COOL)Requirements
  • USDA Fumigation Requirement / Services
  • Plastic Packing Import Requirements


If you’re ready to begin importing perishables into the United States, you’ll want to be sure that you’ve completed all the necessary paperwork correctly and on time, and that you understand the regulations and requirements for clearing such time-sensitive cargo. Customized Brokers is pleased to offer the following resources to help first-time importers comply with FDA, USDA, USDA-AMS and FWS requirements.

  • We’ve made available all the First-Time Importer Forms you’ll need and can provide consultation  for importing perishables – such as food and refrigerated cargo – into the United States throughout the process. Adding us to your team can help expedite your cargo, keep you in compliance, and eliminate delays and unnecessary fees.

Required Documentation

Customs Border Protection (CBP)

  • Continuous Annual Customs Bond
  • Customs Entries Documentation
  • We encourage our clients to become C-TPAT certified.
  • View Crowley’s C-TPAT certification: CTPAT Certification (PDF)
  • Learn more about C-TPAT

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

  • FDA Agent Representation
  • FDA Red List Removal
  • FDA Food Facility Registration
  • Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • USDA Import Permit
  • Agriculture Marketing Service
  • USDA Quarterly Update – Port Everglades, FL
  • Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Requirements
  • USDA Fumigation Requirements
  • Plastic Packing Requirements

Additional Important Information

  • Registration Names and Addresses
  • We recommend that the same name and address format (MID) is always maintained to match your registration. This will help to ensure that your cargo will be recognized by Customs and will reduce the number of unnecessary delays and increased samplings.
  • Photo and Federal Tax Identification
  • A copy of your photo identification document and Federal Tax ID is required for Customized Brokers to clear your cargo.
  • First-Time Importer Forms