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IMPORT 101​

For any new importers, it is essential to understand the basics of importing into the United States. 

All imported goods are regulated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It is vital that all new importers understand the policies and rules to import their products. It is also crucial to note that some products have additional requirements from other Government Agencies, such as: USDA, FDA, DOT and more. 

We hope you will find useful resources here and use them to guide you through this complicated process. 

Please contact us for additional help.

 

Where to start?

STEP #1: RESEARCH

Use the internet, such as search engines, CBP website, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) search, Quota and/or Customs Rulings Online Search System (CROSS) to help you learn more about importing your product ahead of time. Check for any additional Permit and/or License requirements.  

STEP# 2: LEARN ABOUT CUSTOMS DUTY, TARIFF & FEES

Every product entered into the U.S. are subject to Customs duty, fees, tariffs and/or Antidumping/Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD).

Some countries have Free-Trade Agreements with the U.S. Use the FTA Tariff Tool to learn more. 

STEP #3: QUESTIONS TO ASK

Where is the product coming from?

Does the supplier have experience shipping to the U.S.? 

Does the supplier have a shipping agent/company or do you need to find your own?

Where is the final destination in the U.S.? 

What is the closest Port of Entry closest to the destination? 

STEP #4: UNDERSTAND THE LOGISTICS

Research your options for the logistics side of things. 

Learn about FREIGHT FORWARDERS who are agents that helps importers with the Logistics of their cargo. 

Be prepared for delays. Regardless of how well the plans are, weather, port congestions, equipment shortage and more, can all contribute to delays of the shipment.

STEP #5: Schedule your FREE consultation if you need additional assistance.

Want to learn more about import basics? Visit ImportNewbies!

Watch: Introduction to the Import Process

This video can also be found on CBP website.

Watch: Shipping Container Makes from China to Chicago

This video can also be found on WIRED Youtube Channel

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