Customs Brokerage

  • Overview

    With 53 Licensed Customs Brokers (LCB) and Certified Customs Specialists,  National Permit with Remote Location Filing capabilities, 18 Customs Districts Permits, and over 400,000 customs entries processed annually, OHL prides itself on being experts in customs brokerage.

    We operate as an extension of your business.

    Whether you’re importing or exporting apparel and footwear, chemicals, machinery, perishables, or consumer packaged goods, OHL will always have your best interest in mind. We take our expertise in customs brokerage seriously. When it comes to filing an entry, classifying a product, or receiving and shipping  goods into and out of an FTZ, our team of experts will ensure compliance of the latest government rules and regulations in order to avoid costly delays, services failures, and fines and penalties.

    Compliance and security are a top priority.

    With a 99.8% industry-leading compliance rate , our teams of experts provide customs brokerage and freight forwarding services in strict compliance with all government regulations, licenses, and requirements. OHL is C-TPAT Certified and takes pride in our knowledge and execution of supply chain security.

    Our Compliance Mission Statement:
    OHL International will operate under a culture of awareness and vigilance in adherence to all global compliance and security regulations and requirements, while providing “best-in-class” freight forwarding, customs brokerage, compliance and supply chain services to meet our customer’s needs and expectations around the globe.

    At the forefront of Customs Brokerage and Initiatives

    OHL provides its employees with the training they need to understand the latest technologies and changes in regulations so that your supply chain is smooth, efficient and remains compliant. OHL has teams of people who are responsible for keeping our operators up to date on the security, privacy, and compliance standards set forth by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. 

    OHL actively participates in the latest government initiatives to ensure up to the minute updates for our customers. We are C-TPAT Validated and actively participate in government initiative pilots for the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) and the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot. 

    You can subscribe to OHL’s Trade Alerts and stay up-to-date on changes in both customs and freight forwarding.

    Every Detail Matters

    You need a partner who pays attention to detail and keeps up with U.S Customs and participating government agency changes. At OHL, Details Matter™. We pay attention to all the details and utilize our experience, regulatory expertise and the latest technology to ensure that your supply chain remains compliant. Our teams of experts will guide you through the maze of complicated compliance rules and regulations, making the delivery of your product seamless and transparent. We will make sure that you are kept up to date on any regulatory changes and that all required documentation is available to ensure a timely and compliant entry release process.

    OHL provides a full scope of Customs services that work hand in hand with our International Transportation Services

    • Customs Entry specialists
    • Clearing Agents
    • Commodity specialists
    • Classification 
    • Paperless environment
    • Automated Broker Interface (ABI)
    • Remote Location Filing (RLF)
    • Automated Manifest System (AMS)
    • Custom Clearance
    • EDI Transmission and alert notifications
    • Bonds and insurance services
    • Duty drawback and reconciliation
    • Foreign-Trade Zone
    • Importer Security Filing (ISF)
    • Track and Trace
  • Trade Services

    Compliance with import and export government regulations begins long before the goods arrive at the port and extend long after they are released from Customs custody.  OHL Trade Services was created to offer our clients the support they need in understanding and meeting their regulatory-compliance requirements along with maximizing their cost savings opportunities.

    The knowledgeable and skilled experts in OHL Trade Services are committed to Providing the Tools for Compliant and Competitive Commerce

    Dedicated to being the best, in order to provide the best.

    OHL Trade Services is comprised of a unique team of experts with varied backgrounds and skills combined to offer our clients suburb representation.  With everything from former CBP officers to attorneys, we have a “pedigree” set of skills. Our team maintains active roles in trade and government groups to ensure that we are aware of and involved in the development of new trade opportunities or requirements.

    Someone to lend a hand or another brain to pick.

    OHL’s trade and technical services professionals can support your trade regulations and compliance needs on long-term or on-demand basis.  We are available for extended assignments, project work, as needed consulting, and on a retainer basis’s. If you have needs that fall outside of normal brokerage and forwarding processes, OHL Trade Services can assist you.

    Available to consult on any trade regulations and compliance services issue.

    Whether you’re looking for cost saving opportunities, guidance in regulatory compliance, or an outside resource, OHL’s Trade Services can be the answer to your needs.

    Cost Saving Opportunities
    • Preference Program Qualification
    • Valuation Strategies and First Sale Support
    • Duty Recovery - Drawback Programs
    Entry Regulations
    • Tariff Classification and Tariff Engineering
    • Post Entry Changes
    • Reconciliation Entries
    • Specialized Audit Programs
    Support Services
    • Compliance Procedures
    • Temporary Staffing and Training
    • Customs Bonds
    • Comprehensive Compliance Management Service



  • Foreign-Trade Zone Administration

    Do you source foreign high dutiable goods? Do you perform kitting, processing or production with imported merchandise? Are you paying the maximum Merchandise Processing Fee on each of your entries in a given week? A Foreign-Trade Zone might be a good fit for you, but are your time and resources limited for implementing an FTZ into your supply chain?

    Let OHL be your FTZ Administrator

    OHL currently provides Foreign-Trade Zone administration and brokerage for more than 15 sites, saving customers millions of dollars annually. By utilizing OHL as your Foreign-Trade Zone administrator, you will reap the benefits without having to worry about the behind the scenes of an FTZ. You provide the product and we provide the expertise. OHL’s FTZ administration consists of an experienced team of customs specialists and trade services experts that will ensure compliance and control of your Foreign-Trade Zone.

    Sit back and enjoy your FTZ Benefits

    OHL will support your Foreign-Trade zone needs through classification and customs entry processing all while reducing your Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF), eliminating the high cost of processing duty drawbacks, and improving your cash flow.  Interfaced with internal and external parties, including Freight Forwarders and Customs and Border Protection, OHL will ensure compliant admission into your Foreign-Trade Zone.  In addition, we have the expertise to monitor your activities and operational changes and will make recommendations to not only keep you compliant, but to help you take advantage of all zone savings.