Terms:

ISF (Importer Security Filling) – Customs requires the ISF form to be completed and submitted to customs at least 24 hours before the ship sails from the foreign port.  Fines start at $5,000  per shipment.

Entry – Clearance for import of goods in the U.S.

Single Entry Bond – Or SEB

ISF Bond – is required if you are using a Single Entry Bond.

Continuous Bond – pay for your bond once a year, also includes the ISF Bond. 

Courier – Ovenight packets, ie. FedEx.

Messenger – Local messenger.

FDA – Food and Drug Administration

Harbor Maintenance fee is .125% per commercial invoice value

Merchandise Processing fee is .3464% per commercial invoice value $25.00 minimum

Remote Filed Entry – Shipments clearing outside the Port of Houston