U.S. Import Requirements

U.S. import requirements can seem confusing and strange to newcomers. For example, not all importers will need a license or even a permit, but others will. Your best bet is to work with an import agent who understands custom law and a reputable cargo transport company that can help you apply for the necessary licenses, pay the proper fees and submit the correct documentation.

Allow Trans Global Auto Logistics to simplify the process for you. We can point you in the right direction to learn about various import requirements. You can also rely on us to explain the process and help you get all of your ducks in a row.

Importing Items into the U.S.

Although U.S. Customs and Border Patrol may not require you to get a license or permit, other agencies might. One U.S. import requirement is that CBP must authorize the delivery of your merchandise. Someone — the owner, the purchaser, a customs broker — has to file documents prior to entry, as well.

The port director has to release certain documents, such as an Entry Manifest, the application and permit for delivery, or another form of authorization. You need to provide evidence that the merchandise has the right to enter the United States, too. When you arrive to pick up your goods, bring along a commercial invoice or a pro forma version, any packing lists and additional documents certifying that the goods are admissible.

Along with import requirements, the merchandise needs to be inspected. An examination reveals the value of your goods, whether they need specific labeling and if any items are illegal or prohibited.

Familiarize yourself with every aspect of U.S. import requirements before you order anything. Send a message to Trans Global Auto Logistics if you need help with the import process.

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