Importing to the U.S. isn’t as easy as buying or ordering something overseas and having it shipped here. While that may work for smaller items, you need to follow the guidelines set forth by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. They have policies in place that apply to importers of a variety of items. Trans Global Auto Logistics has a rundown of what you need to know, including U.S. customs import fees, restrictions and additional information.
An Intro to Importing
Importing to the U.S. is no simple ordeal. CBP itself doesn’t have any licensing or permit requirements for importers, but that may not be the case for other agencies. That’s why Customs recommends that importers work with a reputable customs broker and an experienced shipping company.
Rules, regulations and fees vary from agency to agency, country to country and item to item. Some possessions may fall under your personal duty exemption, while others will be charged a flat duty fee. When you work with Trans Global, we can help you calculate the U.S. customs import fees for which you’re responsible.
The reason for importing matters, as well. Personal items typically have different fees than items you’re importing to sell. E-commerce importers will also have to deal with regulations and charges in place at the point of origin. Large-ticket items such as cars and other vehicles come with their own set of rules.
Importing to the U.S. isn’t something that you can jump into without preparation. Research relevant policies and restrictions before making the decision to import. Talk to the experts at Trans Global Auto Logistics for assistance.