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Customs Consulting for Importing Face Masks

March 25, 2020
Laura Isaacs
Customs consulting for importing face masks can help you get these crucial products across the border during times of need. See how we can help.

Today’s climate has lots of crucial goods in short supply. Importing face masks is one way to get these essential products into the United States, but it doesn’t come without challenges. From dealing with tariffs to medical device regulations to navigating customs clearance and documentation, you need a dedicated partner to get your face masks across the border and into the hands of those who need them. 

USA Customs Clearance, powered by AFC International, can provide individualized Import Consulting Services to make importing face masks easy. We can help you craft a customized blueprint to importing success, allowing you to focus on finding a supplier. Get the information you need to handle the logistics and leave the legwork to us. 

Tariffs on Importing Face Masks and N95 Respirators

Face masks and N95 respirators are indispensable products in today’s world. During a pandemic, these masks are used to protect health care workers from virus particles. According to information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, surgical masks and products like N95 respirators are designed to provide a physical barrier to stop droplets, splashes and sprays containing germs from reaching the wearer’s mouth and nose. The protective devices are crucial for health care workers and immunocompromised individuals during pandemics.

Many face shields and respirators are imported to the U.S. from China. The administration of President Donald Trump changed the trade policies around importing goods from China in 2018. Tariffs on goods coming from China increased with the new rules and regulations. 

However, as of March 5, 2020, Chinese-made face masks became exempt from the usual tariff imposed on goods from China. India is also a major supplier of face masks and can be considered a source of this vital product.

Importing face masks is more important than ever, and thanks to the tariff exemption, easier than ever. The right import consulting partner can make getting your goods through customs and across the border a headache-free process. 

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FDA Rules on Imported Face Masks

FDA rules on imported face masks

Face masks are medical devices and are considered surgical and infection control devices. This means they fall into FDA Device Class 2 and are required to meet certain ASTM standards. They undergo a variety of test methods and must comply with fluid resistance and filtration efficiency rules. 

When you’re sure your face masks meet FDA standards, you can begin the import process. Opting in for an import consulting session can make this process simple. From filing the right paperwork to obtaining the right custom bond, we can help ensure your imported goods arrive on-time and ready for use.

Why Use Consulting Services When Importing Face Masks?

The benefits of taking advantage of our import consulting services abound. USA Customs Clearance, powered by AFC International,  can walk you through the ins and outs of importing face masks. This makes getting these essential devices in the hands of medical professionals and consumers as soon as possible as easy as possible.

You have options when it comes to choosing consulting services. We offer both 30-minute and 60-minute sessions. If you’re new to the importing game, we recommend opting for an hour-long session. If you’ve imported before but are new to medical devices, a half-hour long session might be best for you. A 30-minute session will give you answers to customs clearance questions, while a 60-minute session can provide advice for the entire import process. Need more time? We’ll scale a consulting solution to fit your individual business needs.

Regardless of which option you choose, you can count on us to provide you with the steps needed to get your face masks across the border and through customs. 

During either a 30-minute or 1-hour consultation session you can cover a lot of ground with one of our customs experts. Which one works for you?

Do I Need a Customs Bond to Import Face Masks?

Do I Need a Customs Bond to Ship Face Masks

A customs bond is an essential part of the import paperwork. In most cases, a bond is required when goods are valued at more than $2,500 or subject to regulations from another government agency. This means that in most cases, you’ll need a customs bond when importing face masks.

A customs bond is basically an insurance policy ensuring that all fees and duties are paid. It serves as an agreement between 3 distinct parties: The importer of record, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the surety company supplying the bond.

If you have more questions about customs bonds, you’ll get answers during your import consulting session. We’ll walk you through everything a bond covers and even help you obtain the proper bond needed when importing face masks.

Go ahead and buy a customs bond today and get your freight on the way around the globe.

What Other Documents Do I Need?

A customs bond isn’t the only documentation that needs to accompany your imported face masks. You’ll also need:

  1. Bill of Lading: A Bill of Lading is a receipt or list of goods required which each shipment.
  2. Packing List: A packing list displays details of the shipment with information like size, dimensions and weight.
  3. Commercial Invoice: The commercial invoice includes data like the purchase price, customs clearance number, detailed item descriptions and more.
  4. Arrival Notice: An arrival notice gives additional details about the arrival and customs clearance process.

With so many required documents and so much detailed information required for the import process, consulting with an experienced freight broker just makes sense. Allow USA Customs Clearance and our skilled and experienced experts to make importing face masks a hassle-free experience, even during times of crisis and uncertainty. We’re here to help to make the operation of getting goods across the border seamless.

Schedule an Expert for Customs Consulting

Face masks are needed more than ever in the United States. Instead of waiting for national manufacturers to catch up and start providing these necessary goods, rely on suppliers from other countries to keep essential items in stock and available to those who need them.

Schedule an expert for customs consulting today to get your face masks flowing from China, India or other foreign suppliers. In doing so, you’re keeping essential health care workers and individuals in need safe. USA Customs Clearance, powered by AFC International, is ready to walk you through the steps involved when importing face masks. Let us show you what it means to form a strategic partnership by relying on our expertise, experience and know-how.

During either a 30-minute or 1-hour consultation session you can cover a lot of ground with one of our customs experts. Which one works for you?

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During either a 30-minute or 1-hour consultation session you can cover a lot of ground with one of our customs experts. Which one works for you?
Go ahead and buy a customs bond today and get your freight on the way around the globe.