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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Importing

import, export, customs How to Import

This free guide contains details on the 27 different topics that beginning importers most often ask about. It’s got phone numbers, web site addresses, procedures, forms, explanations, and more. The Quick and Dirty Guide to Importing will help you find answers to these questions: “Do I have to report to US Customs?” “How much is this going to cost?” “Do [...]

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  • How Much Does it Cost to Import?

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     How Much Does it Cost to Import? Importers are expected to pay an import tax on virtually every item they import. But how much do you have to pay? Import tax (also known as an import duty or import tariff) is collected by US Customs on every import that comes into the US. Import tariffs are the second largest source of revenue next to the IRS.

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  • Find HTS Codes

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     Here’s a new HTS lookup service for anyone who’s ever had problems finding HTS tariff codes for their import or export shipments. Basically, you can use it to look up tariff rates for any item with a keyword search, or by typing in the HTS number directly. There are a few software packages that you […]

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  • BIS publishes Final Rule on Encryption Simplification

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     10/15/2009 – BIS publishes Final Rule on Encryption Simplification The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published the interim final rule entitled ”Encryption Simplification” on October 3, 2008 (73 FR 57495). This rule finalizes that rule, corrects errors published in the October 3, 2008 interim final rule, and resolves inconsistencies in that rule identified by […]

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  • Importer Security Filing (ISF), aka “10+2″

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     When does the ISF have to be filed? Not later than 24 hours prior to loading of the shipment to the vessel at the foreign port of lading. Does the effective date of Jan. 26th mean that any shipment which is departing from the origin port on or after Jan. 26th is required to have […]

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  • Import Duty on Returned Items

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     Question Do I have to pay import duty on items that have been exported from the United States that are being returned? Answer If you have an item that was previously resident in the United States, but for some reason was exported and is now being returned, be sure to inform US Customs about its […]

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  • ITAR Export Compliance

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     If you’re one of the small minority of businesses that exports military and ITAR controlled products overseas, you’re not going to find much to help you on our site – sorry. You can download the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) from our site, but there’s not a lot of discussion on how to use […]

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  • Updates and Changes to the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule

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     The US International Trade Commission updates the Harmonized Tariff Schedule on a yearly basis to reflect new legislation, trade practices, and adjusted tariff rates. In addition to yearly updates, interim updates are published throughout the year to reflect current international trade standards and practices. Effective September 1, 2006 the following major changes have been made […]

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  • India: Removal of Indian Entity and Revision in License Review Policy for Certain Indian Entities; and a Clarification

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     BUREAU OF INDUSTRY AND SECURITY (BIS) F.R. ORDER India: Removal of Indian Entity and Revision in License Review Policy for Certain Indian Entities; and a Clarification “On January 12, 2004, President George W. Bush announced the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership with India. The proposed cooperation outlined in the NSSP will progress through a series […]

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  • Termination of Emergency Declared in Executive Order 12543 With Respect to the Policies and Actions of the Government of Libya and Revocation of Related Executive

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     OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL (OFAC) F.R. ORDERS Termination of Emergency Declared in Executive Order 12543 With Respect to the Policies and Actions of the Government of Libya and Revocation of Related Executive [Presidential Document] “… I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, find that the situation that gave rise to […]

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  • Remarks by the President in Address to the United Nations General Assembly

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     United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York September 21, 2004 Released by the White House Office of the Press Secretary 11:00 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT BUSH: Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for the honor of addressing this General Assembly. The American people respect the idealism that gave life to […]

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  • President’s FY 2005 Narcotics Certification

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     Robert Charles, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Statement on Narcotics Certification Washington, DC September 16, 2004 Yesterday, President Bush sent to Congress the “Majors List” and his annual determinations on narcotics certification for fiscal year 2005. This year’s “Majors List” is comprised of 22 countries. They are: Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Bolivia, […]

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