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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Importing

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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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  • FAST Truck Driver Requirements Effective November 15, 2004

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     On August 15, 2004, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the “Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information” for importers, carriers, and commercial truck drivers to meet the requirements of the Trade Act of 2002. This notice is to inform truck carriers when they will be required to transmit advance electronic cargo information to […]

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  • Documents Needed by US Citizens for Travel Abroad

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     For travel within the Western Hemisphere, (Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America) Valid US Passport or Certified copy of their birth certificate or record of baptism accompanied by a picture ID – Driver’s license, State ID card, or Military ID. For travel outside the Western Hemisphere A US Passport is required. Other documents that […]

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  • Commerce Under Secretary Aldonas Launches New Tools to Help U.S. Small and Medium-size Exporters Take Advantage of China’s Growing Market

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     BEIJING, China – In China with a delegation of U.S. manufacturers led by National Association of Manufacturers president Jerry Jasinowski, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Grant Aldonas today unveiled new tools to help U.S. companies expand exports to China’s growing market – the China Business Information Center, American Trade Centers and the Global […]

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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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