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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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  • Ultimate Consignee Reporting Requirements

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     U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has for many years allowed different parties to be identified as the Ultimate Consignee for shipments of imported merchandise. This is largely due to concerns expressed by some entry filers over the difficulty in obtaining the correct Ultimate Consignee identification number at the time of entry or release. The […]

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  • Wood Packaging Materials (WPM)

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     In a final rule published in the Federal Register on September 16, 2004, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) amended its regulations with the goal of decreasing the risk of introducing plant pests into the United States. USDA has adopted the international standard for wood packaging material (WPM) that was approved by the International Plant […]

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  • CBP ensures pest-free flowers for Valentine’s Day

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     Agriculture Specialists keep imported flowers free of insects, pests, and diseases U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists are making sure that the bouquet of flowers you order for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day is free from insects, pests and diseases that could harm the agricultural and floral industries in the United States. Whether […]

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  • Salalah, Oman Becomes 43rd Container Security Initiative Port

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     Washington, D.C. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the government of Oman announced that the Port of Salalah today becomes the 43rd operational Container Security Initiative (CSI) port to target and pre-screen maritime cargo containers for terrorists and terrorist weapons destined for U.S. ports. CBP and the government of Oman signed the declaration of […]

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  • U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION HAS SEIZED $10 MILLION IN MISDESCRIBED TEXTILE PRODUCTS SINCE OCTOBER

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     Washington, D.C. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has seized more than $10 million (over the last four months) in goods that were misdescribed in an effort to circumvent trade laws and regulations. CBP plays a critical role in enforcing trade laws and ensuring that appropriate revenue is collected. Many different schemes are used to […]

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