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      I need the breakdown of costs of importing to the United States?

      I know that there are taxes in place for importing into the United States, but canít seem to find them anywhere. Does anyone know if there is a quick link somewhere that will tell me how much these taxes are?
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      There is no quick fix for finding out what you will be charged on tax imports. It all depends on what you are shipping and how much of it.

      1. All the taxes and tariffs on US imports are listed in the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
      2. It is separated by types of product.
      3. Each item lists a description, classification number and a duty rate.
      4. The USHTS can be purchased for thirty to fifty dollars, depending on where you get it from.

      All imports have to be classified through this document before entering the US.
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      I wish there were an easier way to access this document. But I guess it’s important for people to know what they will be charged when importing. Does the USHTS serve any other purpose?

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      Not only does this lengthy document guide importers to what they will owe regarding taxes, it helps the US determine three important things.

      1. It assesses import duties and taxes because they are a source of revenue for the US.
      2. It tracks imports and exports of individual groups of products in the country.
      3. It serves as a way for the US to balance the economy, by lowering or raising tax rates where it sees fit.

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      I assume that tax rates vary on different items, but are there some that are well known for being higher taxed?

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      The rates will of course vary. For example, importing underwear versus electronic equipment will definitely be differently taxed. Overall, though, the rates are reasonable.

      1. You will get charged extra by US customs if you have not consulted the USHTS and used its classification numbers.
      2. US customs will charge you for looking up the classification number.
      3. If you are looking to import often to the US, the book is not that expensive and worth the buy.

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