The Import Process


How To Import Into The US

Your how-to guide on getting your goods to the US

There are many aspects to consider such as cost and requirements when importing into the US.

We can help you understand the process and determine the requirements your imported goods would need to meet.


Parties Involved:

  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • Partner Government Agencies (PGA)
  • Customs Broker
  • Carrier
  • Warehouse

Import Fundamentals:

  • You can be the Importer Of Record (IOR) into the US regardless of where you reside in the world (resident or non-resident of the US).
  • Acting as the IOR allows you maximum control and visibility of your imports.
  • Duty and tax must be paid upon importation into the US for all goods valued at $800.00 or greater. If your goods are valued at less than $800.00, they can be imported into the US under the De Minimis rule without paying duty or tax. Learn more about this rule in our blog What You Need To Know About The Section 321 De Minimis Value Entry.
  • The rate of duty is determined by the tariff of the commodity being imported, the value of the goods and the origin of the goods.
  • Certain import documentation is required to be presented to the border services officer at the port of entry.
  • Your import may be subject to a customs review, inspection, or audit prior to, at the time of, or after the importation. Additional fees may be imposed by the US Government for these services.
  • You are required to keep your import records for five years following the date of import and can be audited by Customs at any point during this time.

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