One of the biggest challenges for importers is clearing customs for their products once they arrive in their home country. As a US importer of the foreign goods, you need to make proper planning in order to comply with the US customs laws and regulations. Many US business owners still don’t understand exactly how it works and that results in seizure of the products and hefty penalties. The department of Customs and Border Protection (CBP)encourages importers/exporters to become familiar with applicable laws and regulations.
While the CBP does not require an importer to have a license or permit in order to import goods from a foreign country, every item that crosses the border into the United States is subject to customs clearance and duties unless specifically exempted.
Documents Required for Import Customs Clearance in USA–
To understand your supply chain, you need to understand the U.S. Customs clearance process. There are a number of different documents that you’re going to need to know about to get your shipment through customs safely. Here are the most important ones:
- Commercial Invoice
- Packing List
- Bill of Lading
- Customs Bond
- CBP Form 3461
- CBP Form 7501
- Arrival Notice
- Commodity Specific Documentation
- Importer Security Filing
When your products arrive into the USA, they will not be released to you until the appropriate paperwork is filled out, along with paying any necessary duties. There are many issues that US businesses face while sourcing products from China or other countries. Your products can be seized by the US customs for many reasons, we are highlighting the most common ones:
- Failing to meet other U.S. Government agency requirements
- Not determining proper classification and duty rate for products
- Not properly marking wood packing material
- Failing to mark the product with the country of origin of manufacture
- Distribution of many trademarked and copyrighted items
- Failing to provide complete commercial invoices
U.S. Customs Restrictions – What You Cannot Bring Back With You–
Many wildlife and wildlife products are prohibited from import into the United States. You risk confiscation and a possible fine if you attempt to bring them into the United States. There are some items that you cannot bring into the United States, or that you can bring in only under certain conditions.
Compliance with U.S. Customs laws and regulations is critical to avoid your shipments being detained.