S3 is committed to conducting business in compliance with all U.S. import and export laws and regulations. Our Trade Compliance team is focused on supporting the movement of products to and from our customers as efficiently as possible, in compliance with U.S. import and export laws and regulations.
S3 is registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, which is a pre-condition to the issuance of any license or other approval required to export and/or temporarily import defense articles. Accordingly, S3 can efficiently apply for export licenses and other required approvals needed to support military and defense-related projects.
To ensure compliance with U.S. export control laws and trade regulations, S3 must screen all parties to a transaction, which includes screening the end-use and end-user of the products purchased from S3 and repaired by S3. Therefore, prior to the release of product(s) from S3, we require that our customers either:
Complete a S3 Annual Blanket Trade Compliance Certification AND ensure Purchase Orders contain: (i) end-use; (ii) end-user and (iii) a signature; OR
Complete a S3 International Customer End-Use and End-User Certification or S3 Domestic Customer End-Use and End-User Certification for EVERY Purchase Order.
Obtaining the above information from our customers at the time of sale not only ensures that S3 and its customers are compliant with U.S. export control laws and regulations but also allows S3 to process our customers’ orders efficiently and expeditiously.
Duty-Free Claims for U.S. Goods Returned
Many of S3’s imports into the United States are U.S. goods being returned for repair and alteration. In order to qualify for duty-free claim under HTS 9801.00.10, the article being imported:
Must be of U.S. origin1 and
Must be returned to the United States without having been advanced in value, or improved in condition, by any manufacturing process (or other means) while abroad.
To ensure compliance with U.S. import laws and regulations, please use the instructions below for articles you are sending to S3 for servicing if your articles are of U.S. origin and have not been enhanced abroad:
Provide the following Shipper’s Declaration of U.S. Goods Returned:“[Name of your company] declares that to the best of its knowledge and belief, the articles herein specified were exported from the United States and that they are returned without having been advanced in value or improved in condition by any process of manufacture or other means.
Prior to the transport of your articles, please provide the following documents to your S3 sales representative:
a. Commercial Invoice;
b. Purchase Order;
c. Shipper’s Declaration of U.S. Goods Returned
d. Shipment Airway Bill of Lading Number or Ocean Bill of Lading Number
License Exemption for U.S. Origin Defense Articles Imported for Servicing or Enhancement
A. If the article(s) you are sending to S3 for servicing (e.g., inspection, testing, calibration or repair, including overhaul, reconditioning and one-to-one replacement of any defective items, parts, or components) are U.S. origin defense articles, please include the following statement on your Commercial Invoice and Bill of Lading:
“This shipment is being imported in accordance with and under the authority of 22 CFR 123.4(a)(1)."
B. If the article(s) you are sending to S3 are U.S. origin defense articles to be enhanced, upgraded or to be incorporated into another item, please include the following statement on your Commercial Invoice and Bill of Lading:
“This shipment is being imported in accordance with and under the authority of 22 CFR 123.4(a)(2).”
1. An article is of U.S. origin if: (1) it is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of the U.S. or (2) it consists of materials from another country but was substantially transformed in the U.S. into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, and use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was so transformed.