Do You Need an Import License to Import Into the United States?

Do you need a license to import into the United States?
An import license is not the same as a customs bond and is not widely required to get goods to the United States. Take a look at this informative guide to see if your shipment requires an import license.
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Randy Hauck
April 14, 2020
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If you’re seeking to import goods into the United States, you might be asking yourself if you need an import license.

The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world that does not require an import license. Other countries are not so import friendly. You will likely find that other countries have stricter import licensing procedures. Even though there are no import license rules in the U.S., you’ll find a few regulations to be aware of when importing goods.

In most cases, companies or individuals do not need a license to import goods. However, there are some specific situations where a license is required. Many government agencies have specific commodity restrictions. Also, there are a myriad of compliance requirements for importers to follow. Your Licensed Customs Broker can help guide you through the process and make sure you are in compliance.

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Things you need to be aware of when importing and exporting goods include:

  • U.S. import laws and regulations.
  • “Informed compliance” requirements of the U.S.
  • Specific goods that need permits, licenses, or other certification.
  • Other business factors for importers

The World Trade Organization’s Committee on Import Licensing says that import rules should be easy to follow, clear and predictable. Import rules are in place to make trade easy. WTO members are required to follow trade rules and guidelines. These rules protect the global market and keep importers safe.

How Much Does an Import License Cost?

As noted above, in many cases, you won’t be required to hold any type of license to import goods into the U.S. Many people mistakenly think of a customs bond as an import license. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as a customs bond is usually needed when importing goods. If the value of a commercial import exceeds $2,500, a customs bond is required. A customs bond ensures that all associated duties, taxes, and fees associated with your shipment are paid for. 

In addition to the cost of a custom bond, if the commodities you’re importing are regulated by partner government agencies (PGA), you may need a special license. In most cases, these licenses/permits are free. You simply need to complete the associated agency form and follow the necessary instructions. For example, if you’re importing alcohol that’s regulated by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), you need to complete form TTB F 5100.24

Each PGA will have their own required forms and instructions. If you’re unsure if your goods require a permit or license from a PGA, it’s best to speak with a licensed customs broker. USA Customs Clearance has licensed customs brokers available to answer all of your questions and help you successfully import your goods. 

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Who Handles Import Regulations?

In the U.S., you will find that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulates most import rules and laws. CBP was created in 2003 to keep borders safe. CBP protects the U.S. from potential threats such as:

  • High risk cargo.
  • Contraband.
  • Unsafe imports.

CBP handles things like customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection. CBP also works with other government agencies in an administrative berth. CBP is often involved with the import process from start to finish. Whether you're importing face masks or any other type of product, you'll need to comply with all relevant regulations.

What is Informed Compliance?

You’ll need to follow the rules of informed compliance when bringing goods into the U.S. Simply put, informed compliance is the shared duty between importers and CBP. It is the duty of CBP to express its rules to importers. On the other hand, it is the importer's duty to “exercise reasonable care” to meet the CBP rules and regulations.

What Commodities Need Licenses?

CBP, as well as Other Government Agencies (OGA), may regulate the entry of some goods into the U.S. In these cases, you might need an import permit or a kind of import license. Some of the types of goods that require permits and OGAs that regulate them are as follows:

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Agricultural Commodities

  • Agencies: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Examples: Cheese generally requires an import license and are subject to quotas. Fruits and vegetables must be inspected and certified. Imported plants and plant products require a phytosanitary permit.  

Arms & Ammunition

  • Agency: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (TTB).
  • Examples: Imported firearms must have a license issued and are subject to an excise tax. Imported alcohol also requires a license and is subject to excise tax.

Commercial Equipment

  • Agencies: The Department of Energy  (DOE) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
  • Examples: Air conditioners and furnaces must have energy efficiency labels.

Consumer Products

  • Agency: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Examples: Toys for children under age 3 cannot have choking hazards. Additionally, the CPSC limits the use of some materials in children’s toys, including phthalates and other prohibited materials.

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Precious Metals

Precious metals are regulated by the CBP
  • Agencies: CBP and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
  • Examples: Gold articles with a  gold content ½ carat below indicated fineness are prohibited.

You’ll also find that there are a few government agency restrictions that are not commodity specific. For example:

  • The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) administers regulations that impose sanctions.
  • The International Trade Commission (ITC) restricts imports where unfair methods of competition took place.

Personal goods imports, such as importing sewing machines for personal use typically won't require an import license.

What Other Factors Should Importers Consider?

Importers have a few other things to think about when bringing goods into the U.S. Some of these items are:

  • Tax and Duty. Some imported goods and services are subject to taxes. The primary forms of taxes on imports are:
    • Duties based on the type, value, and country of origin of the goods you are importing.
    • Fees for merchandise processing and harbor maintenance.
    • Excise taxes for certain levied goods.
  • Entry Documents. Specific documents are required when importing into the U.S. Documents required for entry include:
    • Entry Manifest (CBP Form 7533).
    • Proof of right to make entry.
    • Commercial invoice.
    • Packing lists.
    • Other needed documents to determine if the goods can be admitted to the U.S., like a Certificate of Origin.
    • Importer Security Filing (ISF) for shipments arriving by ocean vessel.

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Who Can Assist with Import Licensing and Other Requirements?

Your Licensed Customs Broker can help you navigate the laws and regulations of importing foods into the U.S. Your Licensed Customs Broker can provide you with a suite of helpful services. Things Your Licensed Customs Broker can do for you include:

  • Prepare and reviewing import documents.
  • Ease communication between the importer and the U.S. government.
  • Provide you with expertise in entry procedures and government agency requirements.
  • Get your imports ready for release.
  • Work with CBP agents to make sure that all government fees, duties and taxes are paid on time and as needed.
  • Help you obtain any needed permits and import licenses.
  • Aid you in figuring out if you’re eligible for tax or duty deferment.
  • Advise you through the entire import process, from start to finish.

Your Licensed Customs Broker will put their expertise and know-how on your side to make the import process easy and headache-free. We have the importing tools for beginners you need. You can learn more about working with a Licensed Customs Broker from AFC International.

You may also contact the local U.S. port of entry to get import process information.

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126 comments on “Do You Need an Import License to Import Into the United States?”

  1. I purchased two chairs for my business from China through Alibaba - total value with shipping cost is under $1,000. Now that they are ready to be shipped the seller is telling me I need to apply for ISF. Is that correct? Is applying for ISF my responsibility?

    1. Hi Yana,

      Filing the ISF can be the responsibility of the shipper or the receiver. This depends on the Incoterms used for the shipment. Our import experts can review your shipment details to determine what your responsibilities are. One of our team members will reach out to you shortly to provide further assistance.

    1. Hi George,

      In addition to adhering to standard import requirements, your used tires will also need to comply with Department of Transportation (DOT) import requirements. These regulations can be complex and we strongly suggest consulting with a Licensed Customs Broker prior to making your arrangements to import tires into the U.S.

      You can setup a consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers at the link below:

      Customs Broker Consulting

  2. I want to import plain silver jewelry / gemstone studded silver jewelry from china and India. The total value will be less than $2500. Do I need an import licence ?

    1. Hi Habiba,

      You won't need an import license to bring jewelry into the U.S. However, if the jewelrey is being imported for commercial use, you will need a customs bond. You can purchase a continuous customs bond at the link below:

      Continuous Customs Bond

  3. Hi, I’d like to import tiles & granites from India to Florida. Am I supposed to have an import license?

    1. Hi Jithesh,

      You won't need a special import license to bring these into the U.S. However, if these are being imported for commercial purposes and the value is over $2,500, you'll need to purchase a customs bond. You can use the link below to purchase a continuous customs bond from us for only $245. We look forward to helping you!

      Continuous Customs Bond

  4. Hi,
    Do I need to provide import permit to release my preowned luxury bags bought from Philippines. Thanks

    1. Hi Bernard,

      We need to obtain some additional information from you to best respond to your question. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly!

  5. Hi, I’d like to import candle jars to Los Angeles from China, will I need an import license?

    1. Hi Cathy,

      You won't need a special import licensed. However, if the value of your shipment is $2,500 or more, you'll need to secure your shipment with a customs bond. You can purchase a continuous customs bond on our site for just $245 at the link below.

      Continuous Customs Bond

    1. Hi Daniel,

      The specific type of furniture that you're importing will determine the exact requirements.s For example, wood furniture will require you to obtain an import license, while metal furniture most likely will not. To best advise you, we suggest consulting with our Licensed Customs Brokers. They're available to speak 1-on-1 with you about your specific importing situation and guide you on exactly what will be needed. You purchase and sign up for a consulting session at the link below.

      Customs Consulting Services

  6. I have registered LLC in USA so I wanted to know regarding import of pesticides from India to USA.
    Do i need an import license for this?

    1. Hi Hardil,

      A specific import license isn't required in your situation. However, a number of additional requirements do apply. We advise consulting with a Licensed Customs Broker to ensure your import satisfies the requirements set forth by CBP and EPA. You can use the link below to sign up for a 1-on-1 consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers. They'll provide you with everything you need to legally import your pesticides.

      Customs Broker Consulting Session

  7. I am trying to start a business importing vehicles from Japan, do I need an import license to import a vehicle from Japan.

    1. Hi Sean,

      You won't need an import license. However, since vehicles are regulated by the EPA and DOT, you will need a customs bond. We also advise consulting with a Customs Broker before you complete your first import since vehciles are so heavilyt regulated. You can sign up for a consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers at the link below.

      Licensed Customs Broker Consulting

  8. Hi, I am planning to ship some investigational drug for human clinical trial to US, the FDA proceed letter is available, May I check if the import license needed? thanks

    1. Hi Alice,

      One of our customs experts will be reaching out to you shortly. We look forward to helping you!

  9. So I'm trying to import some basketball cards from Germany and the amount doesn't exceed 2,500$ do I need to get a importation license for the USA to release the shipment?

    1. Hi Cameron,

      You more than likely won't need an import license since this type of good isn't regulated by any government agency. However, you'll still need to provide standard import documentation (commercial invoice, entry summary, etc.). Our Licensed Customs Brokers can assist you with all of this. One of our team members will reach out to you shortly to provude further assistance.

  10. I am looking to import gauzes, cotton balls, table paper, drape sheets from India for our company in GA for reselling. Do I need Import license for it.

    1. Hi Priya,

      One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to assist you. We look forward to helping you!

    1. Hi Raj,

      You won't need an import license, but you will need to ensure a few important details in addition to standard import requirements. Filing prior notice with the FDA and providing proof of foreign facility registration are just a couple of the details you'll need to take care of.

      Our Licensed Customs Brokers can assist you with all of these details and more! When you're ready, schedule a consulting session using the link below. They'll provide you with everything you need to be prepared to import your food items. We look forward to helping you!

      Customs consulting services

  11. I would like to know if we can send 5 pallets of bottled water to a customer in Virginia USA. Does the consignee require import license to import the bottled water? Or what are the mandatory requirements to import bottled water from Malaysia?

    1. Hello,

      The Incoterms of your shipment will dictate whether you or your consignee are responsible for the customs clearance of the goods. If you don't want your consignee to have to deal with customs clearance, you can choose terms that will have you handling all of that for them.

      One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to confirm some details with you and provide further assistance if you need it. We look forward to helping you!

    1. Hi Cherry,

      The documentation that you'll need will depend on whether these are being imported for personal or commercial use. If they're being imported for commercial use, the biggest concern will be ensuring you're compliant with Intellectual Property Rules. Many purses are seized by CBP due to IPR violations. We have an article that specifically discusses IPR and purse imports- Replice Purse Imports and IPR.

      One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to obtain additional information so that we can assist you.

  12. Hi I have a plan to import teff flour for food from Ethiopia would I have to have a license for that
    And how can I meet with customs broker?

    1. Hi Haimanot,

      Any food products will require numerous steps to be completed before you can legally import. A customs bond serves as an import license. We offer a continuous customs bond for only $245. You can purchase the bond at the link below:

      Customs Bond

      Additionally, one of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to schedule a consultation with our Licensed Customs Brokers. We look forward to helping you!

  13. Hi,

    I am interested in buying succulents from Korea through Alibaba worth approximately $1,500 for my garden but the seller told me that I will need an import permit and will need to facilitate customs clearance. I need help in facilitating door-to-door delivery. Any advice?

    1. Hi Sheree,

      You can proceed with this seller and work with a customs broker to help clear your shipment. You can also look for other sellers that handle the customs clearance and shipping of your goods. The shipping terms, or Incoterms, are what determine which aspects of shipping and customs clearance the seller and buyer are responsible for.

      One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to discuss your options further.

  14. Hi, I Wanted to know if I require an import license to import drinking water filters systems from Israel to the United States. The value will exceed $2500 and its intended for resale online

    1. Hi Elihana,

      You won't need a specific import license from any government agency. However, you will need a customs bond and you'll also have some EPA regulations to comply with since they're the agency that oversees importation of these devices.

      Our team can provide you with the customs bond that you need, as well as consult with you on exactly how to comply with EPA's import requirements. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to provide you with additional information.

  15. Hello , i am interested in selling organic castor oil in US from India.

    i want to know What are the requirements , licences etc i need to comply to be registered/eligible to sell online in US?
    let me know what documents we need to prepare?

    1. Hi Gunjeet,

      There are going to be quite a few provisions you'll need to have in place. This includes working with an FDA registered facility and obtaining a USDA import permit. One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with our Licensed Customs Brokers. We look forward to helping you!

  16. Hello. Do I need a permit to import succulents from Korea; although the seller provides a phytosanitary certificate for each plant.

    1. Hi Maria,

      Whether or not you will need a permit will depend on a few factors including the shipping terms that the seller is using and whether these are being import for personal or commercial use. One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to obtain additional information so that we can assist you.

  17. Hello
    I would like to import some "Indoor and outdoor battery powered train rides for kids" what are the requirements to get the Import License. It will be mine first import.
    Regards

    1. Hi Sohail,

      One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to assist you. We look forward to helping you!

  18. Hi I want to import fiji groceries like canned food, candies, kava bilos, tania bowl , dried spices for food, dried kava roots, powered milk , bottle sauces, bottle juices etc
    Where can I apply and how can I find a broker?
    How much do I have to pay ?

    1. Hi Shivangani,

      You've already found a broker! We can serve as your Licensed Customs Broker for importing the products that you mentioned. When it comes to the costs, this will depend on the total value of the goods that you're importing, as well as the specific import duty amounts. One of our customs experts will be reaching out to you shortly via e-mail!

  19. Good afternoon.
    Would like to know if I need a lisence to import paper towel. Thank you for your attention.

    1. Hi Manuel,

      You won't need a special license from any government agency. However, if the imported paper towels will be resold in the U.S., you will need a customs bond for your shipment. We offer continuous customs bonds for only $245.

  20. I would like to import scented candle from china. The first order will be more then $10000. Do I need an import permit?

    1. Hi Lizzy,

      You won't need an import permit as candles aren't regulated by other government agencies. However, based on the value of your shipment, you will need to secure your shipment with a customs bond. We can provide you with a continuous customs bond which covers all of your shipments for one full year.

      You can purchase the continuous customs bond from us at the link below:

      Continuous Customs Bond

  21. Hello! I am looking to import Sport Apparel for a business and will be importing regularly. Would I need a license for this?

    1. Hi Joseph,

      You won't need an import license for this. However, depending on the value of the shipment (if $2,500 or more) you'll need to obtain a customs bond. You'll also need to ensure your clothing complies with labeling rules, flammability requirements, and more. One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to provide you with an overview and schedule a consultation.We look forward to helping you!

  22. hi , if I need to import cement from another country for distribution , what are the rules that need to be followed for the proper clearance? Is it different import tax for different countries?

    1. Hi Julias,

      The rules and fees will vary in some cases based on where you're importing your cement from. One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to obtain additonal information so that we can further assist you. We look forward to helping you!

  23. Hi
    I would like to import infant clothes 100% Pima from Peru to USA. The amount is approx. $20,000. What would I need? Do you provide in your consultation the specifics for labeling?

    1. Hi Nadja,

      At the bare minimum, you'll need to register with CBP if you aren't already, obtain a customs bond, and ensure your shipment is compliant with clothing importing regulations. We can help you with all of this and review the complete process during an import consultation. One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you!

  24. Hello! I am looking to import biodegradable products for a business and will be importing regularly. Would I need a license for this?

    1. Hi Triya,

      We need to know some additional information about the products you're importing to determine if you'll need an import license. We've replied to you privately to gather this additional information. We look forward to helping you!

  25. Hi, I Wanted to know if I require an import license to import floor and wall tiles from India to the United States. The value will exceed $2500.

  26. Hello All,
    I want to import the following from India (farm raised from family owned relatives including parents)

    Lentils, millets, Rice.
    Do I need to apply for import license if the price of millets and shipping costs are less than $2500 per import.
    Is the $2500 limit per import or yearly limit and include/exclude shipping?

    Thank you very much for your help.

  27. Hi in my plan start business import auto parts to USA what requirements by the way I have dealer license and I export auto parts .

  28. I am buying 4 atvs units from a company in California but they're import from China. Do I need to get import license and if so what would price be

    1. Hi Ivana,

      You'll need to comply with all applicable FDA import requirements. This includes filing prior notice before your shipment arrives, FDA facility registration, and more. Our Licensed Customs Brokers go over all of the requirements in detail in our customs consulting session. We look forward to assisting you further.

  29. Hi,

    I am starting a small business and I am buying fresh herbs, fruits, and natural products ( such as black seed oil to name a few). What licenses are required? At the moment the total value is less than $2500, but may increase in the future.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Nutina,

      Even though the value of you goods is less than $2,500, your imports will still require a customs bond. This is due to the fact that your products are regulated by the FDA and USDA. You can buy a continuous customs bond from our site for just $245.

      We've also sent you some additional information that will assist you with the import process.

    1. Hi Ben,

      Your products will be regulated by the FDA at the very minimum. You'll need a customs bond and will need to show that your products are FDA approved. Our Licensed Customs Brokers can properly classify your products to give you the specific HTS code that should be used. This will provide you with additinal regulations, duties, and more.

      You can a schedule a customs consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers to get the information you need. We look forward to helping you.

    1. Hi Gio,

      We responded privately with the information that you requested. We look forward to assisting you further.

  30. Hi,
    I am Indian Resident who has a company registered in Delaware and we plan to import Apparel into USA Most of the times the shipments are shipped directly to the end users but at times they also get shipped to our Warehouse for subsequent distribution to customers domestically in the USA. Do I need a Import Licence ?
    Your help will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Suresh R

  31. Hi, I would like to import tractors and farm equipment from the European Union to the US. Do I need a customs bond or a license?

    1. Hi Christian,

      If the value of the equipment you're importing is over $2,500 and is for commercial purposes, you'll need a customs bond. Additionally, if your equipment is regulated by a government agency like the EPA, you'll need a customs bond and an import license.

      Our Licensed Customs Brokers can assist you all of this. You can schedule a customs consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers to get the information and answers you need. We look forward to assisting you.

  32. HELLO
    IM TRYING TO GET A CONTAINER OF MOUNTAIN BIKES FROM CHINA, ANY BONDS REQ OR ANYTHING SPECIAL THAT NEEDS TO BE KNOWN? THANK YOU

    1. Hi Ash,

      If your bikes are being imported for commercial purposes, you'll need a customs bond to cover the shipment. You can purchase a continuous customs bond from us for just $245. Additionally, there are other required documents and processes included in the importing process. We've sent you a private message with additional information. We look forward to helping you!

  33. Hello I want to import Artisian Cigars from central america. I know I need Tabacco permit import but And how much does it cost? And can you help me with that and what state do you offer services?. Thank you

    1. Hello Ada,

      We would be more than happy to help you gather everything you need and assist you with the import process. A tobacco import license from the TTB is actually free. We have Customs Brokers that are licensed in all 50 states that can help you complete the application, import your cigars, and arrange for transportation services as well.

      You can connect with one of our Licensed Brokers by giving us a call at (855)912-0406. We look forward to working with you!

  34. I would like to import essential oil from a lavander plant and also a bug free sachets for closets from the same plant. What do I need have in terms of licenses and fees paid in order to have a worry free import/business?

    1. Hi Dejan,

      We'll be happy to help you with this. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to provide you with the information you requested. We look forward to helping you!

  35. Hi I would like to import Rock salt from pakistan to USA. Need to consult someone who can briefly educate me with the following thank you.

    1. Hi Syed,

      We'd be more than happy to consult with you regarding importing rock salt. You can use the link below to purchase a consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers. We look forward to helping you!

      Import Export Consulting

  36. Good day,Iam a Tanzanian with a US PR,i would like to import some smoked small fish and medium fish for business ,is there any needed of any permit or any import licence to import them into U.S. from Tanzania.im interested to import this food, please email me

    1. Good Morning Nsamaka!! Those are very good questions! I think our consulting team would be best for this as they can advise you on all the permits that would be required. Schedule your customs consulting session here. We look forward to helping you.

  37. Hi there, what do I need if I want to import wheat and corn in major quantities from Mexico. Who should I get in touch with? Do I need a license?

  38. Hi there,
    I would like to import the wallet and belt by leather for business purpose. Could you please help us on clarify the required documents/ certificate or any license to import?
    And how about the custom procedures to import?
    Hope to receive your response soonest. Many thanks.

    1. Good Morning Sheryl! Importing can be a tricky but we have a great team that can answer your questions and assist you through the process! We recommend scheduling an import consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers. During the consult, our experts will go over all of the required details for your import to ensure everything is in order. We look forward to hearing from you!

  39. Hi
    I'm planning to import infant wear garments from India.. what clearance and accreditation are required..

    1. Hello, we would be happy to help and guide you with these requirements. Please email us your contact information at consulting@afcinternational.com and provide us with the types of infant wear and whether it is woven or knit and the fiber content by percentage.

  40. I am starting an ewaste recycling facility. I will be importing PCB (printed circuit boards) boards, cpu processors and various other computer components as well as catalytic converters and copper wire scrap by the ton. What licenses, if any are needed? Thanks, chris

    1. Hi Chris, an import license is not required but you will need to formally import these items through US Customs. This formal import is typically handled by a US customs broker but depending on the value of the items being shipped, you might have the option to personally clear the shipment yourself. If you would like more information, please email us at customsbrokerage@rlglobal.com

  41. Hello I'm awaiting my importation license to import cigars. Is it a conflict of interest to have both a importation license and a brokers license? It has been 5 mos.and I'm being asked who is the broker to conclude my application process along with a back ground investigation.

    1. Hi Vondre, thanks for reaching out with your question! One of our import experts will follow up with you at the email address you provided. Thanks for stopping by!

  42. Hello
    Im planning on importing Coconut Palm sugar from Indonesia. I dont have any commerical license. Can you advise what regs and rules I need to consider and do i need a business or commercial entity license. Additionally how can you guys help.

    1. Hello, OK please note all imports in the US are regulated by US Customs. Sugar will also be regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Have you imported items in the US before? The first step is purchasing a Customs Bond-an insurance bond required by the government for imports.

  43. Hello, can you give me an example of how much tax/custom duty I need to pay for a painting worth $1K? It’s for business, and are you a license custom broker?

    1. Hi! Thanks for reaching out! We are customs brokers, so you're in the right place. One of our customs experts is going to email you to get you the answers to your questions.

  44. I am looking at the possibility of importing olive wood cutting boards and utensils from Argentina. Are there any type of special permits or paper work that i need to know about?

  45. I'm trying to get my order out of custom the shipping company said I need to have a importation licence

    1. Thanks for reaching out! We don't provide importation licenses, here is a link to the Customs and Border Protection website that'll have the info you need. And if you need a customs bond in the future, come on back, we'll be happy to help!

  46. Hi dear,
    I want import kitchen wares or home goods from China to California,do I need the license?what is your recommendation? Thank you

    1. We offer consulting services where we are able to help with all the info you’ll need including the paperwork and document requirements, clearance customs and any duties and fees you may be responsible for. We can also help you understand the new tariffs and duties that you may be responsible for and can file your paperwork with Customs and Border Protection. We will email you the details so we can get started.

    1. Thank you for reaching out with your question. If you are importing these handicrafts for business purposes, you will need a customs bond. In addition, the Animal Health and Plant Health Inspection Service requires a permit for wooden handicrafts coming out of China into the US. The USDA is a good source of information about Lacey Act compliance.

  47. hey, i want to import some custom PC cable parts for making some custom cables for a pc build. is there any taxes i need to pay? How to do it?

    1. Importing PC parts for personal use won't require a Customs Bond but if it's for business purposes or resale you will need to file paperwork with Customs and Boder Prtoection as well as securing a Customs Bond. We can help you file your bond, just click on the "chat now" box in the bottom right corner of the page and one of our import specialists will help you.

  48. Hi there!
    I’m importing makeup products ( lipstick only ) to US from Singapore. What are the requirements we need to comply to be registered/eligible to sell online in US?
    Can you please send me an email and let me know what documents we need to prepare?

  49. Hi there!
    I'm importing makeup products to US from Singapore. What are the requirements we need to comply to be registered/eligible to sell online in US?
    Can you please send me an email and let me know what documents we need to prepare?

    1. Thank you for reaching out with your question. One of our import specialists will send you an email to help you through the process.

    1. Herbal supplements require more than just a customs bond to import. One of our customs specialists will send you an email to help you through the process.

    1. Thanks for your question! ECN/STP are not customs brokerage terms, so you would have to check with your broker about their certifications and capabilities.

  50. Hello, my interest in importing precious metal (gold, silver, diamonds) from non sanctioned countries do I need license, permit, certificate to import to USA. I’m a citizen of USA and any import will be stamped or certified from country of origin. If any what is need to enter the country.

    1. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. One of our import experts will email you shortly to follow up and answer any questions you may have.

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