Quality service since 1985

Alto Customshouse Brokerage began operations in 1985, handling a few imports and has since developed a large traditional customer base, always maintaining the same personalized professional commitment to service.

Alto customhouse brokers started out as a family owned and operated business and stays that way today. We provide a personal service with an attention to detail. With over 20 years of classification experience, we can intervene with corrected harmonized numbers. Importers rely on us to correctly classify their array of products. Footwear, wearing apparel, electronics, furniture, wine, food products are just some of the specialties that we clear.

Consulting for import services

Today's need for accurate and timely interpretation of Customs decisions is self-evident, given the current and evolving constraints facing importers at every turn. Achieving and maintaining compliance with Customs regulations is a must in order to avoid potentially serious financial consequences when dealing with various Federal agencies.

Personal service guaranteed

Our performance is the testimonial confirmation and reason for recommendation by our present customers. You can take advantage of our automated system to promote a smooth flow of your customs clearance, and together with our highly trained staff will expedite your import requirements. We look forward to working with you and establishing a long relationship.


  • “Having worked with Alto Customhouse Brokers for over 20 years, we confirm our complete satisfaction with thier excellent service and expertise in handing all our import needs.
    We highly recommend Alto to other importers looking for great customer service.”
    Isaac Elbaz
  • “I inherited the services of Alto Custom Brokers in 1992 and because of their experience, dedication and professionalism I have continued to use their services both here in New York and for our facility in California.
    I highly recommend Alto Custom Brokers to anyone who requires brokerage service. ”
    Dennis G Montano
  • “MAS has been in business for the past 40 years servicing the women's fashion shoe industry and Alto Customhouse Brokers has been our broker and warehouse since.
    I CAN NOT remember how many times they have worked some magic. Daytime ran into nights which ran into weekends and yet our goods moved at the speed of light.
    If anyone is looking for a great long representation, I highly recommend Alto. ”
    Larry Jay Feder
    Owner M.A.S.

Importing Basics

There are some common mistakes which people seem to make when trying to import. These mistakes usually result in wasting a lot of time, money and effort, so if you want to make sure that you don't run into unnecessary road blocks, here is what you should know about import.

Importing without paperwork is impossible and in this line of business, you have to make sure that you are not missing anything. Unfortunately, there are quite a few mandatory documents and if you want to make sure that your shipment will get to you rapidly, you will need the help of a customs broker in this department or you will have to be patient and start filling out the documents on your own.

One of the most common mistakes is wrong packaging and missing information on said package. If you are trying to import anything into the US, you have to make sure that the person who is sending the package can abide to some simple rules.

You should also know your product before you start shipping in various goods. Make sure that you are not importing products that require special permits or get the approval before you start the process. This is not a complicated matter, but it needs to be done.

This is just the start of the process, but we allow you to focus on your business while we get this complete for you.