Bay Brokerage

Bay Brokerage, Inc. is a full service customs broker, nationally licensed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.  Bay specializes in the clearance and distribution of goods for importers and exporters through customs barriers at any U.S. port of entry.  Established in 2004 by a group of customs industry veterans, Bay Brokerage built three vital support companies to offer its customers an unprecedented group of world-class services. Together with Bay Brokerage, Bay International Trade Solutions, Bay Consulting, and Bay Logistics ensure that more than 2500 daily shipments from around the world will arrive at their destination via air, sea, truck or rail with minimal delays and the lowest duty, freight and storage costs.

Members of the Bay management team have been considered experts in the field of electronic data interchange (EDI) for customs brokerage for nearly 25 years, driving pilot programs for U.S Customs, foreign governmental agencies, and delivering innovative services for hundreds of satisfied shippers and importers.  One in five Bay employees is a licensed broker – exceeding industry standards.  Considerable resources are dedicated toward the development of leading edge systems to guarantee that Bay customers achieve compliance ratings well above the national average.

Bay BrokerageBay Brokerage excels in the assessment and calculation of taxes and duties on imported goods, facilitating communication between customers and governmental authorities through the preparation of documents and electronic submissions.  An intimate knowledge of duty rates for imported items and the regulations governing importations of a wide variety of goods found in the Code of Federal Regulations eliminate seizures and lead to world class results for Bay customers.  Many customs brokers specialize in certain types of transactions, such as wearing apparel, perishables, or automobiles.  Bay prefers to be expert in all areas, often finding that innovations in one type of transaction can be brought to bear in others.

Bay Brokerage handles the transshipment or local delivery of cleared merchandise through relationships with trucking companies and its own fleet of trucks based in the Northeast.  Bay’s commitment to work 24/7 to get goods to their destinations on time is the bottom-line for importers or exporters.

Bay offers its clients a unique electronic imaging process called BayFile that has been accepted and approved by U.S. Customs for centralized file retention. Bay Brokerage clients can maintain their files on a secure server within their own electronic filing cabinet.  This provides immediate access to U.S. Customs entry/billing documents, complements Bay’s electronic billing program, and is a nice fit with its global “Go Green” initiatives.

U.S. Customs Surety Bonding

Bay Brokerage also provides complete U.S. Customs surety bonding contingent upon a clients’ bonding needs. Bay staff reviews bonding options for specific shipments, including specifying the coverage that best suits the type and amount of bond required.

Bay Brokerage offers:

  • Over 35 years experience with  surety bond requirements
  • In-House licensed insurance broker
  • 24/7 bonding  services available
  • All types of U.S. Customs Surety Bonds
  • U.S. DOT Bonds
  • Competitive volume pricing
  • Bonded carrier services
  • Complete marine and other cargo insurance

World class experience, knowledge, quality, innovation – hallmarks of the most comprehensive and professional customs brokerage in today’s global market.

Bay International Trade Solutions

Bay International Trade Solutions specializes in all phases of ACE, ABI and AMS. Shipment information can be received in all EDI formats and direct portal access is available for small volume importers. The status of shipments can be conveniently viewed either through electronic systems notifications or by logging into BayTrac.

  • Customized programming for specific client needs
  • Proprietary software
  • Parts file database applications
  • Fully automated AMS Air services including AMS Air Section 321
  • AMS Ocean
  • AMS Certified Nominal Agent Services
  • ACE e-Manifest
  • ACE e-Manifest Section 321
  • ACE all entry services
  • 25 years systems integration experience including SAP applications
  • Electronic Importer/Carrier Notifications
  • OGA (Other Governmental Agency) compliance solutions including FDA,FCC and DOT
  • Database applications for FDA exporters and importers

The Automated Manifest System (AMS) is a modular cargo inventory control and release notification system for sea, air, and rail carriers. AMS speeds the flow of cargo and entry processing and provides participants with electronic authorization to move cargo prior to arrival. AMS facilitates the intermodal movement and delivery of cargo by rail and trucks through the in-bond system, reduces reliance on paper documents and speeds the processing of manifest and waybill data. As a result, cargo remains on the dock for less time, participants realize faster tracking, and U.S. Customs provides better service to the importing community.

AMS Ocean

AMS Ocean is available to carriers (MVOCC, NVOCC), secondary notify parties, port authorities and service centers. Port authorities and service centers can file and receive both manifest and cargo data for multiple carriers calling on multiple ports. Using a unique bill of lading number, manifest data can be transmitted electronically for all cargo shipping to the U.S. prior to vessel arrival. This gives U.S. Customs an opportunity to review the submitted documentation and determine, in advance, whether the merchandise merits examination or whether to release it immediately upon arrival. The carrier, upon receiving a provisional release from Customs, is able to make decisions on staging cargo and the importer can arrange for examination, release, and further distribution of the merchandise.


Per Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Regulation 122.48a, (Electronic information for air cargo required in advance of arrival), CBP must electronically receive from the inbound air carrier and, if applicable, an approved party, information concerning the incoming cargo. For non-consolidated shipments, the incoming air carrier must transmit to CBP all of the information for the air waybill record. For consolidated shipments: the incoming air carrier must transmit to CBP the information that is applicable to the master air waybill; and the air carrier must transmit cargo information for all associated house air waybills or split shipments, unless another party electronically transmits this information directly to CBP. When the incoming air carrier elects to transport cargo covered under a single consolidated air waybill on more than one aircraft as a split shipment, the carrier must report additional information for each house air waybill covered under the consolidation pertaining to the routing of the flight each house shipment, and must also provide detailed house shipment information unless this information is provided to CBP by an approved party. CBP must receive such information no later than the time frame prescribed by 19 CFR 122.48a, paragraph b) Time frame for presenting data. (1) Nearby foreign areas. In the case of aircraft under paragraph (a) of this section that depart for the United States from any foreign port or place in North America, including locations in Mexico, Central America, South America (from north of the Equator only), the Caribbean, and Bermuda, CBP must receive the required cargo information no later than the time of the departure of the aircraft for the United States (the trigger time is no later than the time that wheels are up on the aircraft, and the aircraft is en route directly to the United States). All of this can be accomplished before the merchandise actually arrives.

AMS Rail

AMS Rail allows rail carriers to electronically transmit bill information to U.S. Customs. When all bills on a train are assigned, the rail carrier transmits a “consist” of the bills and containers in standing car order. This allows Customs an opportunity to review the submitted documentation and determine, in advance, whether the merchandise merits examination or release. The carrier, upon receiving a release from Customs, is able to make decisions on staging cargo, and the importer can arrange for examination, release, and further distribution of the merchandise.


The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is the commercial trade processing system being developed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to facilitate trade while strengthening border security.  The ACE Secure Data Portal, essentially a customized Web page, connects CBP, the trade community and participating government agencies by providing a single, centralized, online access point for communications and information related to cargo shipments.

Bay Logistics

As a full service provider, Bay Logistics offers cross-border shipping and distribution through a C-TPAT approved supply chain.  As a long-standing operating carrier in the United States and Canada, we have grown to be one of the largest logistics providers for cross-dock movements, warehousing and order fulfillments. We are the service provider of choice for many of nation’s top importers and exporters.

  • U.S./Canada Licensed Carrier
  • Bonded Carrier
  • Consolidations
  • Specialized border release programming
  • Bonded Warehouse and CFS Services
  • Shipment planning
  • Multi-modal consolidation and optimization
  • Shipment scheduling
  • Freight settlement
  • Customized invoicing
  • Standard and customized reporting
  • Complete track and trace services
  • Order fulfillment
  • Interline agreements with most major carriers

Bay Consulting

Over the past three decades, Bay Consulting Services has saved clients millions of dollars annually in unnecessary duty payments through duty avoidance programs, proper classifications and by ascertaining proper and compliant appraisement methods.  Bay professionals routinely work with U.S. Customs at all levels to ensure that its clients are compliant while ensuring appropriate duty rates are accessed under various trade programs. Bay has consulted with various governmental agencies to determine the structure and implementation parameters of numerous programs that have streamlined the international trade environment.
Bay Consulting expertise:

  • Duty Drawbacks
  • NAFTA Audits and review
  • Duty Recoveries
  • Duty Avoidance Programs 9801 and 9802, Free Trade Agreements
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule Specialists
  • Valuation/Appraisement
  • Reconciliation Prototype Applications
  • Binding Rulings
  • Penalties and Liquidated Damages
  • Prior Disclosures
  • Bonded Warehouse/Foreign Trade Zone Specialists
  • Protests and Petitions