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Intro to US Importing: Entry & Release Process

C21u - Introduction to US Import Requirements Through Customs Release of Imported Goods


Study Time (Hrs)


CE Credits (CCS & CES)


NOTE: You will be prompted to Register if you have not already done so. If you already have a login, please click “Proceed to Enrollment” on the next screen.

This online class is designed to give students a basic understanding of the processes involved in importing goods into the United States. It details how the US Customs and Border Protection agency and various other government agencies are involved in the import process, and what’s the process for getting imports entered and released into the US.


If you are a new importer, this course will expand your understanding of the responsibilities and regulations involved in importing goods into the US. More experienced importers may also benefit from it by “filling in the gaps” and gaining a “big picture” understanding of import processes and requirements.


Note: Our introductory courses are applicable to all operational environments, even though customs brokerage operational processes may vary by transportation mode.

Once you finish this course, a printable Certificate of Completion is available for download. The course can be completed in 14 hours or less.

  • Overview of U.S. Import Process and Players
  • Who Imports, Why, and Importer Responsibilities and Restrictions
  • Who are Customs Brokers?
  • The Relationship Between Importers and Customs Brokers
  • A Customs Brokers’ Relationships with Transportation Carriers & Other Service Providers
  • The Customs Broker’s Involvement in the Cargo Transportation Process
  • Pre-Importation Responsibilities by Importer, Carrier & Customs Broker
  • The Import/Customs Broker Transaction: How Does It Start?
  • Initial Determination of Transaction Requirements
  • ABI System as the Single Window to All Other Government Agencies Involved with Imports
  • U.S. Imports Subject to Processing by U.S. Agencies in Addition to CBP
  • Customs Entry and Cargo Release Process: Overview, and Needed Information
  • Customs Entry and Cargo Release Process: Needed Transportation Information
  • Key Documents Needed for Importation: Transportation Document
  • Key Documents Needed for Importation: Commercial Invoice and Related
  • Click here to view a detailed class syllabus

For those who are already a Certified Customs Specialist (CCS) or a Certified Export Specialist (CES) registered with the NCBFAA, provide us with your CCS/CES ID number and you will automatically get continuing education credits upon the successful completion of a qualified course. To get your CE credits, follow these easy steps:


  1. Register for DB Schenker online training (if you haven’t already done so)
  2. Login with your user name and password, and you will be directed to your “My Page” section.
  3. Select “Update user record” on the right, enter your CCS or CES number in the “NCBFAA ID” field, and click Submit Update.

That’s it! Once you’re signed up, we’ll automatically send any CE credits you earn directly to the NCBFAA!

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