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If you are interested in importing goods into the United States to either sell or distribute to other businesses, it's a good idea to hire a full-service, licensed customs broker. A customs broker prepares all the documentation needed for importing goods, just as a freight forwarder does for exporters. Customs brokers are licensed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service. Licensed brokers must have expertise in the entry procedures, admissibility requirements, classification, valuation, and the rates of duty and applicable taxes and fees for imported merchandise.

Transportation & Logistics

Guide to complying with laws and regulations that apply to businesses providing transportation of people, cargo, goods, merchandise and products by land, air or sea. This Guide also includes compliance assistance information for businesses engaged in importing and exporting, customs brokerage, packing, warehousing, and storage.

Aviation Industry

  • Accident Plans

    Requirements for U.S. and foreign air carriers to develop and submit to the National Transportation Safety Board a plan to address the needs of families of passengers and other victims involved in any aircraft accident involving an aircraft of the air carrier and resulting a major loss of life. The requirement applies to both passenger and all-cargo carriers. All-cargo carriers are included in this requirement to cover cargo attendants, non-revenue passengers, and persons on the ground that could be affected by an accident.

  • Aircraft Certifications

    A list of certifications granted by the FAA.

  • Aircraft Manuals and Handbooks

    Aircraft operations and maintenance manuals.

  • Alien Flight Student Program

    Contains application for non-U.S.. citizens seeking to train at FAA-regulated flight schools. Candidates are required to complete this application prior to beginning flight training.

  • Aviation Manuals and Handbooks

    Aviation operations handbooks, safety manuals, and pilots guides.

  • Canadian Air Taxi Operators

    Canadian operators of small aircraft (fewer than 60 seats) that want to operate trans-border services between the United States and Canada must register with the Dept of Transportation, and provide evidence of insurance coverage for their operations.

  • Emission Standards : Aircraft

    Provides information about air pollutant emissions from commercial aviation, including regulations, guidance, and other information related to aircraft.

  • FAA Licenses and Certificates

    Forms and certificates granted by the FAA.

  • FAA Recent and Upcoming Compliance Dates

    Provides a calendar of upcoming deadlines concerning FAA's various requirements.

  • FAA Regulatory and Guidance Databases

    The Regulatory & Guidance Library (RGL) is a set of searchable databases which contain regulatory, guidance and aviation product information.

  • Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAQs

    Frequently asked questions about FAA licenses, certificates and regulations affecting the airline industry.

  • Flight Standard Service

    Information on standards for certification and oversight of airmen, air operators, air agencies, and designees.

  • How to Become a Certified Air Carrier

    Information regarding the analysis and evaluation of all applications for new economic authority to determine whether the airline applicant is 'fit, willing and able ' to conduct commercial airline operations and that the applicants are U.S. citizens as defined by the transportation statue.

  • Mechanic Licenses and Training Requirements

    Provides a list of regulations, policies, license and certifications for aircraft mechanics.

  • OSHA eTool : Baggage Handling Ergonomics

    This eTool describes many of the common hazards associated with the baggage handling process as well as providing possible solutions that are ranked according to their feasibility to the operations.

  • Pilot Licenses and Training Requirements

    Provides a list of regulations, policies, license and certifications for airline pilots.

  • Public Charter Flights Agreements

    All persons who wish to arrange public charter flights must first submit a charter prospectus to the Dept. of Transportation which contains information about the proposed charter program.

  • TSA Funeral Home Partners

    Program that allows funeral homes to partner with TSA to accommodate air travelers with crematory remains.

Customs Brokers

Drug Testing Policies

Hazardous Materials Transportation

Maritime & Ocean Transport

Rail Industry

Road Construction

Trucking Industry

  • Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Standards

    Federal standards center on a commercial vehicle's weight, length, and width.

  • EPA Transportation and Air Quality Industry Partner Programs

    Voluntary industry compliance programs aimed at reducing pollution and improving air quality.

  • Motor Carrier FAQs

    Frequently asked questions about the regulatory requirements of commercial operations of large trucks and buses.

  • Motor Carrier Forms

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) portal for all compliance forms.

  • Motor Carrier Registration and Licensing

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registration and licensing portal.

  • Motor Carrier Rules and Regulations

    Rules and regulations enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

  • Motor Carrier Safety and Security Guide

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides safety and security initiatives aimed at reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. Commercial operators must comply with these safety regulations.

  • Oversize and Overweight Load Permit Information

    Federally mandated maximum weights for the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.

  • Smartway Transport Partnership

    EPA partners with several lenders to make loans available to small trucking companies to help pay for technologies that will save fuel and money while reducing pollution.

  • Surface Transportation Board Guide to Environmental Rules

    Assists in understanding and applying the Board's environmental rules. It highlights the various environmental and historic reporting requirements, notice requirements, those actions exempt from environmental and historic review, and the types of environmental documents generally prepared for actions before the Board

  • Vehicle Size and Weight Standards

    To preserve our Nation's infrastructure and to keep trucks and buses moving efficiently, states must ensure that commercial motor vehicles comply with federal size and weight standards. FHWA is responsible for certifying state compliance with Federal standards. This site provides a ready source of information on Federal standards and guidelines, state enforcement activities, reporting requirements, and contacts.


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