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      Customs Procedure for Items Inbound from China

      Hi, Im planning to get my supplies from a vendor in China. I have heard that the customs procedures for items inbound from China are complicated. Can somebody give a brief idea about the customs procedure for items imported from China?? Thanks.
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      If you want to import your supplies from China, you should be aware about the license, permits and customs requirements for the items that you want to import. Due to various cases of import of harmful items, like toys containing lead, from China, the US Customs and Border Protection Department (CBP) has become quite strict. Importing the products from China into the US has become more difficult than before.

      Many first-time importers, like you, get the help of customs brokers for their consignments. While hiring a customs broker, you should make sure that the broker is licensed by CBP. The customs broker will help you at every step, right from the dispatch of your items from China to their delivery at your doorsteps. He will also do all the documentation work on your behalf. I’d like to mention here that if there is any error in the paperwork, you’ll have to wait longer to get your items and you’ll also have to pay for the expenses incurred by the customs department for the storage of your items. Therefore, you should keep handy all the documents that are required for the import of your items.

      I’m listing here some of the documents that are required for customs clearance in the US.

      • Commercial invoice
      • Packing list
      • Packing material
      • Bill of lading

      You may also be required to submit some other documents depending on what you are importing and the value of your merchandise.

      Before you order your items, you should know whether it is legal to import that item in the US or not. Items that are unsafe or may pose risk to the health of people are banned. If you import such items, the CBP department may destroy your goods. Sometimes counterfeit products like bootleg DVDs and fake designer shoes are also confiscated. You may also be penalized for importing banned items. Therefore, you should carefully read all the conditions for importing the items that you want on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

      Once you receive your items, don’t dispose of all import and customs documents. It is mandatory to keep record of imports for around five years.
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      Customs clearance is an important issue that should be kept in mind even before you place your order with a supplier in China. You should know that it’s the duty of the purchaser rather than the supplier to check customs clearance requirements.

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      You should make sure that whatever it is you are importing is allowed in the states. If not, Customs will seize your shipment.

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      Once you know about the customs procedures, you should decide the kind of shipping that would work best for you. Basically, there are three types of shipping – courier shipping, freight shipping and international post. Though courier and freight shipping are usually hassle free but they are more expensive than international postal shipping. If your profit margin is very thin, you may have to choose international post to save on costs.

      The customs process for items received through international shipping are easy if the value of items is less than $200. Otherwise, you may have to fill up several forms to get customs clearance.

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      I want to highlight an important point. The customs department will not inform you about the arrival of your goods in the country. Therefore, you should keep track of your shipment to know where it is. If it has reached your country and is in the process of customs clearance, youll get the message Inbound for Customs.

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      I’d also like to tell you that the purchaser has to bear the cost of duties.

      Many people believe that if a seller has included the cost of shipping and handling in the purchase price of items, everything including customs duties and broker’s fee would be taken care of. But this is not always true. Therefore, you should clear all such issues with your supplier before buying items from him/her.

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      To whom I have to pay customs duty – to CBP??

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      It depends upon the method of shipping. If you are getting your items through courier then you will have to pay customs duty to the courier service provider and if you are getting it through international postal service, you’ll have to pay customs duty to your post office.

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      How can I get an estimate for customs duty?

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