Assessing your current supply chain for diversification

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Evaluating your supply chain’s vulnerability to disruptions is a critical step in ensuring the continuity of your business operations. Disruptions can come in many forms, including natural disasters, geopolitical events, and unexpected changes in demand. Therefore, it is essential to have a comprehensive understanding of your supply chain and the potential risks that may arise. […]

Diversifying Your Global Supply Chain

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Global manufacturing and supply chains are crucial to the success of businesses worldwide. However, relying solely on one supplier or manufacturer can create vulnerability to disruption, especially in times of global events such as pandemics, natural disasters, or political changes. Therefore, diversifying your supply chain by working with multiple suppliers and manufacturers across different regions […]

Personal vs. Commercial Use

Many import regulations only apply to goods imported for commercial – business or resale – purposes. For instance, most goods imported for personal use are not subject to quota. The one exception to this is made-to-measure suits from Hong Kong, which are subject to quota restrictions regardless of the use they are imported for. On […]

Imports for Commercial Purposes

Goods imported for commercial purposes must comply with a variety of special requirements, such as marking of country of origin, which vary depending upon the particular commodity. Please see our publication, “Importing Into the United States,” for more detailed information. Be particularly aware that an invoice should always accompany commercial shipments.

Importing Prohibited Merchandise

Purchasers should also be aware that some products might be considered contraband and cannot be brought into the United States under any circumstances. This includes the obvious, such as narcotics and child pornography, as well as less obvious items such as tainted food products, and other items, a list of which can be found in […]

Paying Duty to clear customs

Paying Duty The importer is ultimately responsible for paying any duty owed on an import. Determining duty can be very complicated, and while shipping services will often give an estimate for what the duty rate on an item might be, only CBP can make a final determination about what is owed. You should not be […]

Informal Import Entries

If the value of your purchase(s) is less than $2000 and your goods are being shipped by mail or freight, they may, in most cases, be imported as an informal entry. However, there are exceptions to this. For instance, if the importation is determined to be for commercial purposes, the value limit for filing an […]

Formal Import Entries

If your goods are valued at more than $2000, or for commercial textile shipments (clothes/materials) regardless of value, you will be required to file a formal entry, which can require extensive paperwork and the filing of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection bond. As mentioned above and for various reasons, CBP may require a formal […]

Quotas and Imported Goods

Many kinds of goods imported for commercial use may be subject to a quota limit. It is the classification number of the article as identified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States and the country of origin that determine whether or not an item is subject to quota requirements. In some cases, the […]

Import a motorcycle to the USA

Before you decide to import a motorcycle into the United States, you should ensure it conforms to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. These agencies have very detailed requirements that can make importing a motorcycle difficult. EPA advises importers of motorcycles to obtain a letter from the manufacturer stating it conforms to […]