Importing Wood to USA: Timber, Lumber, and Other Wood Products

A cargo ship filled with wood being imported to the U.S.
The varying types of trees means importing wood to the USA differs by shipment. A licensed customs broker can help sort out the rules and regulations for your shipment.
April 17, 2018
Last Modified: January 22, 2024
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Importing wood to the U.S. is far from a simple process. There are many rules surrounding the import of wood and timber products, and a successful shipment requires strict adherence to permitting and certification requirements.

According to the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), importers must obtain a PPQ Form 585 permit in order to import logs, lumber, and other unmanufactured wood products into the U.S. Additionally, if the wood product being imported is regulated under CITES, importers must obtain a PPQ Form 621 permit.

Our guide below provides you with everything you need to know in order to successfully import wood to the U.S.

Pallets of wood boards loaded into a warehouse after being imported into the U.S.

How to Import Wood, Timber and Lumber

The requirements for wood imports change depending on a variety of factors, like:

  • If the wood is finished or unfinished
  • If the wood is regulated by CITES
  • Country of origin of the wood

We’ll explain all the permitting requirements and list the wood that you are and are not allowed to import into the U.S.

Do I Need a Permit For Wood Imports?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the import of wood products through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). APHIS sets the rules and regulations around how to import timber and wood products, including requiring the following permits.

  • PPQ Form 585: Application for Permit to Import Timber or Timber Products
  • PPQ Form 621: Application for Protected Plants Permit to Import, Export, or ReExport Protected Terrestrial Plants

APHIS works to eliminate foreign pests and diseases from wood and wood products. It requires that unfinished wood imports be heat treated or receive chemical treatments before entering the U.S. 

Heat treatment involves processing the wood in a kiln or microwave energy dryer. Chemical treatment involves fumigating the wood with a surface pesticide.

It takes approximately 30 days to receive the permit, so you will need to file in advance. The import permit indicates the type of treatment the wood requires: heat treatment or chemical treatment. You will also likely need a phytosanitary permit to import wood and wood products.

Is an Inspection Required on Wood Imports?

APHIS will also likely need to inspect your imported wood or timber products. APHIS inspection stations are located strategically near major seaports and airports. You can find inspection stations in:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Puerto Rico
  • Texas
  • Washington

At the inspection stations, APHIS agents and specialists examine imported wood and timber to make sure it is free of diseases and pests that could be damaging to U.S. natural resources and agriculture. These specialists also make sure the wood and timber adhere to Federal import permitting requirements and regulations.

It is important to know that wood products with bark imported from China might not be allowed entry in order to prevent the spread of wood-boring insects.

A shipment of lumber imported into the U.S.

Wood Import Regulations: Are There Special Conditions to Import Wood Products?

According to information from the USDA, all raw softwood lumber should be consigned to a facility with a valid compliance agreement with Plant Protection and Quarantine when the lumber is imported. The lumber and wood products must be heat treated within 30 days of release from the first port of arrival.

The USDA also states that the only softwood logs that are allowed entry into the U.S. are the Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) from New Zealand and Chile, and Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) from Chile.

It’s important to note that some types of wood, like Plywood and OSB, will have some additional requirements that need to be complied with. For example, Plywood from China can be subject to antidumping and countervailing duties. 

To learn more, check out our article How to Import OSB and Plywood From China.

It’s also important to note that all unmanufactured wood products from areas in Asia that are east of 60 East Longitude and North of the Tropic of Cancer, are prohibited entry into the U.S.

Do I Need to Fill Out a Declarations Form?

If the wood you are importing comes in the form of trees from either natural or planted forest stands, you will need to fill out a declarations form. This form is very specific, asking for information such as the tree’s scientific name, country of harvest, value, and description. Christmas trees (Douglas & Fraser Firs being the most popular variety) come with a special set of rules. 

Learn more by reading our article on how to import Christmas trees.

Can I Import Endangered Wood?

If the wood you are importing is of an endangered species, it will fall under guidelines set by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES-listed types of wood and timber include African Teak, Brazilian Rosewood, among others.

CITES rules also require that:

  • You have a certificate that indicates the country where the wood was harvested and that no laws were broken during harvest.
  • The certificate was issued by a CITES representative.
  • The shipment of imported furniture must arrive at a U.S. port approved to handle CITES-listed species.

Check out our articles on importing teak wood and importing rosewood to learn more!

A finished wood table that's been imported into the U.S.

Importing Finished Wood Products to the USA

Finished wood products, like wood furniture, are commonly imported to the U.S. In fact, in 2021, the U.S. was the largest wood product importer in the world, importing $36.5 billion worth of the goods. 

U.S. Wood Product Imports (2021)

CountryValue of Wood Imports (Billions)

While finished wood products are not subject to the same permitting regulations as lumber and timber, you will still need to follow a few special rules when importing these products. These rules help deter illegal logging and protect the U.S. from invasive species of insects. They also protect U.S. markets.

For example, wood products that have been planed on each side and do not contain any bark do not require a permit to import, nor do they need to undergo any fumigation or heat treatment; but they will be inspected once they arrive in the U.S. You must also fill out a Lacey Act declaration, specifying exactly where all components of the products originated. 

Additionally, there may also be extra fees associated with importing finished wood products from certain countries. It is important to note that wood furniture imported from China is subject to anti-dumping duties. According to rules set in place by the Tariff Act of 1930, the U.S. government can place tariffs on goods sold at less than market value and “dumped” on U.S. markets.

Furniture imported from China is often less expensive than U.S. manufactured furniture, and that makes anti-dumping rules apply. Wood furniture imported from China is often subject to these extra duties.

Want to learn more about importing wood furniture? Check out our complete guide on importing wood furniture to the U.S.

Import Duty on Wood Imports to the U.S.

In addition to the permits and forms listed here, one of the most important things you’ll need in order to ship wood products internationally is the correct HTS codes. HTS codes are used for tariff and product classification and provide information on the import duty owed on goods when imported to a specific country.

In the case of wood and wood products, HTS codes can be found under chapter 44 of the HTSUS. You can use our HTS code lookup tool to search for a particular product or a description of the goods. 

Here you will be able to find the tariff rate of wood products depending on their form (logs, pellets, sawdust, etc.), type (coniferous or non-coniferous), species (cedar, pine, rosewood, douglas-fir, etc.) and a variety of other factors. 

In many cases, wood products can be imported to the U.S. duty-free. But because wood and timber products can take so many forms, the duty rate may vary depending on the exact wood product being imported and where it’s imported from. Additionally, it may be measured in weight, dimensions, or the number of products you’re planning to import.

Once you have your HTS code and all of the proper documentation in place, it’s time to determine how to ship your wood. It’s critical to find a carrier and port of entry that works in order to get your wood imports to their destination as simply and easily as possible.
In addition to Customs clearance, we can help you ship and store your wood no matter where you are in the United States. Fill out our contact form to get started!

Ready to Get Started Importing Wood?

Need more information about importing wood to the USA? Whether you’re a lumber importer or want to import wood furniture, make the process easy and contact the experts at USA Customs Clearance.

Our Licensed Customs Brokers can handle all your wood importing and shipping needs. You will find our value-added customs brokerage services can work seamlessly to provide you with a stress-free importing process. Ready to get started? Schedule a personalized, 1-on-1 consulting session with one of our Licensed Customs Brokers and get the help you need. Still have questions? Give us a call at (855) 912-0406 to learn more.

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Faruk Olamilekan

Hello i will like to supplying wood from nigeria to usa if you permit me i we happy to sastify you i have some hard wood and soft wood like semi hard and hard my name is faruk muhammed this is my number 07059567563

Peter Van Horssen

Dear Customs,
I am looking at shipping finished, painted timber tables to the USA from Australia. They are made predominantly made from MDF which is painted on all visual surfaces. Under the tables we have about 15% Australian Pinus Radiata, planed and bark free, and not painted.
Which forms/permits do I need to follow?
Thanks in advance. Regards, Peter

I am interested in the feasibility of an exotic wood slab import business from Colombia, South America to the USA. Hardwood species such as, Saman, Nogales, Eucalyptus and Cedro. Thank you for your assistance

Good afternoon, I am interested in importing braai/firewood from South Africa for personal use as well as to distribute.

Is this permissible under current wood import laws in the US? What regulations, permits and duties will I be subject to?

Thank you for your time!

Bronwen Creevey


I am in Australia and sell Macrame Wall Hangings, and I have customers from the United States wishing to purchase these wall hanging for personal use.

The wall hangings are made from 100% cotton and they are on a 24mm wooden dowel. The wooden dowels are treated and varnished Tamanian Oak, and treated and varnished Pine.

Will the wooden dowels on the wall hangings be acceptable to enter the US via DHL couriers and what paperwork if any will be required from my end as the seller?

Many Thanks,

I am an architect in Virginia, and after a recent trips to Guatemala and Chile.
I am wondering how hard it would be to negotiate the prefabrication and manufacture of hardwood beams and components for delivery to the US for residential and commercial projects.

Randy Hauck

Hi Juan,

Imported plywood doesn’t require an import permit. However, you’ll need to be compliant with USDA and EPA regulations. EPA requirements come into play due to the binding material used to create plywood.

Our team will be happy to walk you through all of the requirements to help make sure your shipment is in compliance. One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to provide further assistance.


I use small quantities of wood sourced from my own garden in the UK to add to holiday ornaments. I have received a wholesale order from the US (Hawaii). Do I or the customer require an import licence?

Randy Hauck

Hi Anna,

There are a number of factors at play with your situation that will determine whether an import license will be required and what regulations will need to be complied with. This includes whether the shipment is for personal or commercial use, what type of wood is included, whether it’s finished, and more.

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

Sergio Arizmendi

Hello, I am looking in to importing plywood sheets, hard wood sheets, 2×4,4×4,6×2 lumber. I will like to know what I need and if this is possible? It will be imported by land from Mexico to Arizona. Please let me know thank you

Randy Hauck

Hi Sergio,

What you’re looking to do is definitely possible. Because you’re importing multiple types of wood, you’re going to have quite a few steps to go through. For example, plywood is subject to EPA & USDA regulations, while lumber is regulated by USDA but has different requirements.

One of our import experts will reach out shortly to schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with our Licensed Customs Brokers. During the consultation, our Customs Brokers guide you through the complete process and go over everything your import will need to be safely imported. We look forward to helping you!

USA Customs Clearance

Hi David,

You’ll definitely need to obtain some important documentation. Wood is highly regulated, especially since it’s coming from China. The best thing for you to do is consult with a Licensed Customs Broker. They’ll be able to provide you with a complete breakdown of the regulations and what you’ll need to successfully import your cutting boards.

You can sign up for a consultation with our Licensed Customs Brokers at the link below:

Customs Consultation

Judy diyanni

Hello, we have a construction business in Ohio and Kentucky and want to go around our wood supplier who is gouging prices. Will it be cheaper to buy from Canada and warehouse it? Presently building 45 homes a year. Thanks and i understand the numbers need crunching but roughly speaking is it worth the Importation expense and shipping?

Randy Hauck

Hi Judy,

Based on the volume of wood that you’re needing, it very well could be more cost-effective to import it yourself! One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to gather some additional information in order to help you.

Chris Pellitteri

I am also interested in the answer to importing staffs.
I am looking to be send finished 12″ sticks from indonesia.
Only about 10 small sticks. Does this need a permit etc?

USA Customs Clearance

Hi Chris,

Whether or not you need a permit will come down to the intended use of the sticks. If these are for personal use, a permit likely won’t be required. If they’re for resale or for commercial use, you’ll need a permit. Either way, you’ll need to provide a significant amount of documentation showing where the wood came from and proving that it’s free from harmful pests.

Our Licensed Customs Brokers can go over all of these requirements and more during a 1-on-1 consultation. You can use the link below to sign up for a consulting session.

Customs Consulting Session

Marina Potemkina

Hi Team!
Thanks for the article, very infromative. We would like to import wooden handicraft such as wooden puzzles for elders and kitchen products. We will sell them on eCommerce platforms. The manufacture is in Russia. If it is not from China Shall we also submit ePermit to APHIS ?

Quick question on CITES, if a hand plane with cocobolo tote/knob is shipped from outside of the US to here is that an issue and if so what steps are needed to get it here? The Cocobolo is way less than 10kg for non commercial purposes.

USA Customs Clearance

Hi Brandon,

The rules vary for personal goods depending on the country of origin. In some cases, documentation is still required or trade may be regulated, while in others, it can be imported without issue. Our Licensed Customs Brokers can provide you with the specific details in our consulting sessions. You can use the link below to sign up for our consulting sessions.

Import Consulting Services

Jitin Dixit

We would like to import Spruce forest and Pine Forest wood (fresh saw, dead and dry) to the US from the Ukraine. What are the restrictions, permits and licences required to achieve this? Also, what kind of duty would be applicable on this type of import?

USA Customs Clearance

Hi Jitin,

Imports of wood and wood products are highly regulated and complex. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to obtain additional information so that we can assist you with your request.

We are looking to import products similar to wood chips for BBQ in either blocks or chips. We are looking at the HS code of 4401.22.00.00. What do we need filled out to make sure that it makes it across the border?

USA Customs Clearance

Hi Antonio,

Any type of imported wood products are highly regulated. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to obtain some additional information so that we can assist you. We look forward to helping you!

USA Customs Clearance

Hi Ivo,

The rules for importing OSB and Plywood are very similar to importing other types of wood. There are a few exceptions since they’re a composite wood and this comes into play when completing USDA and EPA forms. To get a complete breakdown of the requirements, you can sign up for a 1-on-1 consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers. During the session, our Brokers will go over everything that you’ll need to safely import your products into the U.S.

Feel free to use the link below to sign up for a consulting session!

Customs Broker Consulting

USA Customs Clearance

Hi Grant,

In addition to the requirements outlined in this article, you’ll have some EPA regulations to contend with. This is due to the formaldehyde being a common binding material used in producing MDF. Our Licensed Customs Brokers can walk you through the complete process during a consultation. You can use the link below to sign up for a 1-on-1 consulting with our Licensed Brokers.

Customs Broker Consulting

Randy Hauck

Hi Buford,

You can import OSB and plywood from China. However, there are many steps you’ll need to follow. Additionally, many types of OSB and plywood from China are subject to an additional antidumping duty. It’s best to consult with a Licensed Customs Broker to confirm all requirements that you’ll need to abide by, as well as confirm the specific duties you’ll need to pay.

You can schedule a consulting session with our Licensed Brokers at the link below.

Import Export Consulting Services

i want to import engineered wood flooring from Indonesia,i’m starting from 40ft container,is there any requirement for maximum weight of product in container, also document should i submit?

Randy Hauck

Hi Rocky,

The amount of weight you’re able to place into a container will depend on the type of container you’re using. The maximum cargo weight for many containers is 45,000 lbs. In regards to documentation you’ll need, our Licensed Customs Brokers will be happy to help you with this. Use the link below to sign up for customs consulting sessions. During the consulting session, our Customs Brokers will review all details of your import to ensure you have everything that you need in place. We look forward to helping you!

Import Export Consulting Services

Randy Hauck

Hi Bob,

Since OSB is a wood composite product, you will need to obtain and provide additional documentation to CBP at the time of import. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to give you an overview of the process and discuss the next steps with you. We look forward to helping you!

I need information regarding purchasing ROSEWOOD and MAHOGANEY and other raw wood from BELIZE and having it shipped to United States.
Please tell me the steps to be taken from buying and shipping to United States.

Randy Hauck

Hi Karen,

We’ll be happy to go over what’s required to import wood from Belize! One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly. We look forward to working with you!

Randy Hauck

Hi Boris,

You won’t need any certifications for this. Upon import, your package will be inspected by CBP to determine its’ admissability. Once it clears this inspection, it will then be delivered to the receiver.

Randy Hauck

Hi Reinis,

There aren’t necessarily any restrictions. However, there are regulations that you’ll need to comply with. One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to provide you with an overview of what these are.

Randy Hauck

Hi Richard,

Imported particle board furniture is a bit of a gray area that requires further analysis. One of our customs experts will reach out to you via e-mail to obtain additional information. We look forward to helping you.

Darren Wallwork

Hi, we are a carpet accessories company in the UK and we ship lots of products to the U.S. We are looking at starting to also shipping our carpet gripper, which is made of plywood. How much documentation do you think we will need to import this?

Hi,I want to purchase some wall racks from China, made of fiberboard (engineering wood), and sell them on the Amazon website. Need fumigation? What documents and requirements are needed for import customs clearance? Thank you.

Hi Scarlett,

If the wall racks are made of fiberboard, they won’t need to be fumigated. However, it will be subject to additional regulations. For example, EPA regulations will need to be complied to ensure that the glue used is not toxic.

One of our import experts will reach out to you shortly to provide additional information regarding the process. We look forward to helping you!

Hi John,

As long as you declare the item when returning to the U.S. you should be ok. However, be prepared to have the tree section inspected upon arrival. If a customs agent deems the product unsafe, it can be seized upon arrival.

Randy Hauck

Hi Colm,

You can import Mahogany from Honduras. However, wood is a highly regulated product and we strongly advise working with a Licensed Customs Broker to ensure your import is in compliance. You can schedule a consulting session with our Licensed Brokers at the following link- Licensed Customs Broker Consulting. We look forward to helping you!

I want to bring a small piece of wood from my home in Australia into the US (where I now live). It’s for personal use (not resale) and would only be small – around 18″ square. Given that it’s not for resale, and given that it’s small, do I still need the same permits?

Many thanks for your help!

Pete Ferreira

Hi, I want to ship a large (DIMENSIONS: Height: 23″ – 59cm Width 29 1/2″ – 75cm) vintage wooden carved wall hanging to a customer of mine in the USA.Do I need any clearance beforehand? Many thanks, Pete

Hi Pete,

The specific clearance that you’ll need will depend on whether this is a personal or commercial shipment. We’ve sent you an e-mail with the next steps you need to take depending on what type of shipment it is.

john eshleman

I have imported eucalyptus Grandis from Brazil recently. I had them heat treat the material [pallet boards] as a condition of the sale. When the wood got here it had a lot of end check, too much end check. My rep in Brazil recommended that next time I bring it into the US as air dried only. Every thing I have read indicates that it either has to be heat treated, or fumigated with Methyl Bromide. my rep shared a permit that another customer has and under the heading “Before Import Processing” it says “Other, kiln dried or heat treated or air dried”. When I applied for just air dried, the USDA amended my permit but under the same heading my permit now reads “Without bark Other, per Annex F” Annex F is all about fumigation, which I do not want to do. Can you help me out here?

Randy Hauck

Hi Cristian,

You’ll need to complete at least 1 USDA APHIS form. Additionally, since timber is regulated by the USDA, you’ll also need a customs bond. We can provide you with the customs bond along with a number of other customs brokerage and transportation services. We look forward to assisting you further.

Hello, I am based in Australia and am intending to export hand making picture frames from recycled fence palings to the US to sell on Amazon. What do I need in terms of certification?

Randy Hauck

Hi Tanya,

The certification and requirements will partially depend on the specific HTS code that applies to your product. Our Licensed Customs Brokers can assist you with properly classifying your product, as well as cover all other necessary requirements when importing. We advise scheduling a consulting session with our Licensed Customs Brokers to get the support that you need.


I want to import wooden components for a kitchen I want to build for my own home. The wood is reclaimed Jarrah from Australia, although the import will be fromyth UK. The wood is from reclaimed railway sleepers.
Is fumigation needed, and if so what specification?
Which permits etc. do I need to do this?

Randy Hauck

Hi Sam,

All wood products will need to meet APHIS compliance. We’ve replied privately with additional information that will assist you. We look forward to helping you further!

Hello there ,
I exporting wood doors from india to usa ,so I don’t know what documents need to import there in usa to my buyer so you can help me with your kind information.
Thanks in Advance.

Randy Hauck

Hi Kalvin,

You’ll need to obtain a Timber and Timber Products Import Permit from APHIS. You’ll also need to secure your shipment with a customs bond to ensure all duties and fees are covered.

You’ll need to purchase an annual customs bond. We offer customs bonds for just $245. If you have additional questions and need further assistance importing your wood doors, you can schedule a consulting session with our Licensed Brokers. We look forward to assisting you.

Ondrej Bastak Duran


I would like to export wood – wooden boards: oak, cherry, plum, walnut – to the USA. Can you help me with that?

Does wood exported to the USA need to be specially treated? Does it have to be marked somehow in the sense of confirmation of the certificate of conformity?

I only want to export a relatively small quantity.I am considering sending it by the commercial parcel transport service.

Sincere greetings,
Ondrej Bastak Duran
The owner of BASHTO SPORTS

Simeon Serrao

Hi, good day,I want to export teak wood from Trinidad, into the US. the initial shipment is lcl, but hopefully we will ship full containers thereafter.

I need to know what documentation I need, and what licenses/certifications I need for my wood to enter the states.

Randy Hauck

Hi Simon,

One of our customs experts will reach out to you shortly to schedule a consultation to go over all of the requirements for your upcoming import. We look forward to helping you!

I am considering shipping bamboo & beech plant stands from China to the US. What type of certificates will I need? Fumigation? Do I need to get these or my manufacturer? Thanks.



What are the rules of US customs to accept the products containing Sheesham wood.
Uses of Sheesham wood part would be just 5 % to 10% of total product area or weight.
This product will be imported by US brand from India.

Pls do let me know if there is any specific procedure of US customs to be followed while sending this consignment.


Hello. I am the Canadian distributor for Smokey Olive Wood products. I would like to send samples of the product to the United States. The product is wood chips and wood dust for bbq’s and smokers. I have a phytosanitary certificate from the NPPO in Spain for the product. What do I need to send samples, in small quantities, approximately 4lbs of wood chips to various states.

Bill Rademaker

Hello I am an artist/woodcarver from Canada and am considering offering my carvings for sale in the US. Can I take samples across to show potential buyers? And later, can I ship purchased items to buyers in the US? Are there CITES restrictions on finished wood articles? Thanks. Bill.

Norman Burtness

I’d like to start importing boards or ebony, mahogany, tamarind, and padauk (these are hardwoods) from Tanzania. Are there duties on these woods, and what type of treatment is required (heat or chemical)?

Hello, these are going to have Lacey requirements that you will need to declare to Customs. For the Duties and fees we will need to know the HTS Code. I would advise you sign up for a customs consulting session with one of our Licensed Customs Brokers. They’ll guide you through the entire process and make sure everything is in place.

D Niedzielski

I want to import kiln dried finished sheet balsa from Australia. I’ve obtained my P585 permit. Sounds like I need to get a bond based on what I’ve read from your other articles. Are there other forms required that I must request the exporter to supply with the shipment? Am I near a point where you would step in and finalize?

Good Morning D Niedzielkski! Importing wood has requirements from the United States to allow it to be brought in. I am going to provide you the link to our consulting team who can answer all your questions on what the process is and even assist you through the bond process. We look forward to hearing from you!

We are a Finnish log house construction company, Our client in California wants to know what kind of duties imposed on log houses (house material and planning value 200k-300k) when buying from EU. What other requirements we should meet when exporting log house to USA?

John Pappas

Hello I read the info above, and i’d like to know ..
I will be participating in an USA trade exhibition and will send the exhibition stand, wood panels to the USA to set up the exhibition stand.
The wood panels are painted and heat treated.. Do I need any certification for fumigation, they will be transported by ocean freight. Please advice

Ray Hauser

I would like to buy a teak coffee table carving (42″ x 20″) here in Bangkok and take it home to Florida. Can I get the store to package it up and take it home as checked baggage? If not, please advise the requirements.

Warmest Regards, Ray

Jennifer Boys

Thanks for reaching out with your question. We would advise reaching out to your airline and see what regualtions they have in place for transporting that type of “baggage” home with you on a commercial flight.

Daniel Dommaschk

Hello, for an adventure construction proyect I need to import wooden products from Spain to USA. There are 3 types of wood.
1. Solid pine wood certified with the NIMF 15 standard for packaging.
2. OSB paneles: oriented strand board, panel made of kiln dried wood chips and adhesives. It will be used for packaging.
3. The final product is made of glued laminated timber, GL24, spruce (kiln dried during the manufacturing process).
Until now for the wood fo point 2 and 3 I only have quality certificates, but nothing else.
Do I need any other certificate or comply with any other standard to import it into USA.
I saw that I will need to fulfill the PPQ 585 form. What else will I need to fulfill.
Many thanks and kind regards, Daniel.

Hello, I’ll be going to Puerto Rico next month for vacation, and I want to ship back some hardwood or burl. Is this legal? I don’t know what species yet though but it’ll be just the actual wood. Can you please tell me what procedures (and if any paperwork is required and if so, with whom do I file it with) I’ll need to do this (and if it’s different for a certain species) so I can have everything in place beforehand or if this is even possible?

Jennifer Boys

Because Puerto Rico is a teritory of the United States, you won’t need a customs bond, however the nature of your shipment makes this a little tricky. For any untreated “timber or timber products” the USDA requires a permit. The wood would also need to be fumigated prior to shipment to ensure there are no pests living inside that could have an impact on the ecosystem in the continental US. You’ll need to fill out declaration paperwork to identify the type of wood you’ll be shipping and there may be fees you’ll be responsible for.


Hi, I am importing some garden tools from China with wooden handles that come in a wooden box. What forms do I need to fill out to import these to the USA? The wood is pine.

Jennifer Boys

The quantity of tools that you’ll be importing and whether they are for business of personal use will play a part in how you should proceed. If you’re importing the tools for business or resale, chances are you’ll need a customs bond. Because the tools have wooden handles you might have to show Customs and Border Protection proof of the type of wood direct from the manufacturer. If you need help navigating the process of importing these garden tools, we’re here to help. You can click on the chat button in the bottom right corner of the page to speak to an import specialist on our team.

I’d like to ship an old teak wood chest from Germany to the US.
My parents acquired it around 1965 and it has been in our family’s possession since.
I inherited it from my recently deceased mother and would like to keep it as a family heirloom.
Do I need to anticipate any obstacles bringing it from Germany to the US?

Jennifer Boys

Even though the Teak wood chest is old, it isn’t considered an antique. Your chest would be considered “household goods” and will still require customs declaration forms to be filled out and submitted. Because your import is for personal use, you won’t need a customs bond, but you’ll still be subject to duties and fees as well as documentation about the furniture. If you need help, we do offer consulting services, but you can probably find all the info you need on the Customs and Border Protection website.

Hi, I’d like to import 1 to 2 pieces of teak wood furniture from Canada to each of 1) California Bay area and 2) Florida.
Can someone please email us back on what’s involved and how much? Thanks. Chat box is not working.

I wanted to know if need any permit to import finish bamboo products from China into the United States and do I have to pay anti-dumping duties on finish bamboo products. What kind of duty should i expect to pay on them? I understand that I will need to get a custom broker or use a freight forwarder company when I decided to import these products. Are Custom broker and Freight forwarder the same?

Jennifer Boys

We offer consulting services where we are able to walk you through all the info you’ll need including the document requirements, clearing 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 need to pay because you are importing from China. When you’re ready, we can also handle filing your paperwork with Customs and Border Protection. While a customs broker and freight forwarder are not the same thing, we can assist with the actual shipping of your bamboo from China into the US, as well. We will email you the details so we can get started.

Thomas Stone

I currently temporarily live in Ontario, Canada and I purchased a 5-foot tall carved bear from a white pine tree from a local artisan. I will be returning to the USA in the fall and wish to bring the bear back with me. My company will have professional move all my belongings, including the bear. What do I need to do to get the bear to my home in Ohio,USA

Jennifer Boys

Because your import is for personal use, you will not need a Customs Bond. However, you will still need to file some paperwork with Customs and Border Protection. Your bear carving would be considered a work of art and therefore would not be subject to additional tariffs or duties, however you will have to fill out a CBP Form 7523 to submit to Customs. You will also need to provide proof of the type of wood the carving is made of and proof that it has been fumigated before it will be allowed into the US.

Hi There,

I am wanting to bring in a bunch of inherited heirlooms and furniture- mainly crockery, books and antique wooden furniture. Some has signs of borer (wood eating insect) so I intend to have the whole consignment fumigated before it is packed and sent.

The fumigation company says they need the methyl bromide dosage rate and the USA phytosanitary requirements ICPR….

What else do I need to know/ do/ supply?

Mikey Franco

Hi, I am looking to ship wood planks from Japan to the US. Some will be kiln-dried lumber and some will be reclaimed wood from a 300 year old farm house. Looking for some initial guidance on what I will need to do.

Jennifer Boys

Thanks for reaching out with your question! We can definitely help you get your wood from Japan to the US. One of our import specialists will get an email over to you to help you through the process.

Jennifer Boys

Thanks for reaching out with your question! The quantity is less important than whether or not you are importing this wood for personal use or for business. If it’s for your own personal home or a project you’re working on, you won’t need a customs bond to import the Mohogany into the US. However, if you are importing it for use in a business or to resell, you will need a customs bond to clear US Customs and Border Protection. Wood is also subject to additional regulations due to the risk to our ecosystem here in the US due to pests, etc. We will reach out to you via email to get more information and see how we can help further.

Jennifer Boys

Unless you are selling Ladders on Ebay as a business, you would not need a customs bond. Customs and Border Protection is a good resource for more information about importing for personal use.

I am looking to import 700 square feet of used Japanese cherry wood flooring from B.C. Canada for personal use. Cost around $1300. Do I need to have permits prior to bring it into the country? Or inspections at the US port of entry? Thank you.

Jennifer Boys

Thanks for reaching out with your question! If you are importing the flooring for commercial purposes, you’ll need a customs bond filed and that’s something we can definitely help with. If you’re importing the wood for your own personal use, you won’t need a customs bond, but you’ll still be held to the regulations estabished by Customs and Border Protection, The US Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and potentially others. We can help answer any other questions you may have, just click on the chat button in the bottom right corner of the page.


I am interested in importing Yellowood (Podocarpus Latifolius) into the US from South Africa or possible another African country depending on availability. This is a softwood and I already have the import permit. I am wondering how to have the phytosanitary procedures carried out, and how to find a location in those countries to have it done. I tried many resources including SGS, but was not able to find what I needed. Also if I am planning to only impot 30kg or less, what is the most economical meyhod of transport to the USA from SA?

Thank you.

Carlos Arevalo


I’d like to import cnc plywood furniture from Central America, most likely Honduran plywood sheets, mostly made out of pine, CNC processed in El Salvador, and exported and warehoused in Los Angeles for local distribution through the USA. These furniture would not be assembled when arriving into the USA and sold in this condition to be put together for DIY enthusiasts. What type of permits would I be needing and could you help me with all the paperwork and process?


I intend to import logs from Scandinavian region into us for commercial construction purposes. Is this permissible under current wood import laws in US. What regulations, permits an duties will I be subject to?
Thank you,

Jennifer Boys

Thanks for reaching out with your question. We can help you with your import and advise you on the regulations that your import will be subject to. One of our import specialists will be in touch soon.

Hello Everyone,

I am planning to send Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF) cutouts to USA for a friend. Is there any restrictions regarding this type/form or wood and is it less restrictive if I am sending small articles (easily fit in a 5.75in x 8.78in envelope ) vs. larger items that I have seen in the comments?

Thanks in advance.

Kind regards,

Jennifer Boys

Thanks for reaching out with your question. Beginning October 1, 2009, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) began enforcement of the declaration requirements for goods such as medium density fiberboard (MDF). This means that your cutouts would fall under regulations in the Lacey Act and you’ll need to declare your import including the genus, species, and country of harvest of all plants in the MDF. APHIS is a great source of info about this topic and can give you all the info you’ll need to fill out your paperwork properly, even if you’re sending it via parcel mail because it’s so small.

When you’re ready to ship larger amounts of the board, reach out to us and we can help you with getting a bond secured. You can always chat with us by clickng on the button in the bottom right corner of the page. Thanks again!

Jennifer Boys

Thank you for your question. If you are importing teakwood for commercial use, you will need a customs bond to gain entry into the United States. Wood imports are also subject to regulations under the Lacey Act and may require additional fees/duties. One of our import specialists will be in touch soon to help.

gamal khalil

i bought stock lot 5 containers of homecentre furnatures from Dubai UAE ( made in various countries , china,Italy ,turkey ,malesya ) Is it required to get a permit or declarations to imported to USA , new york ? thanx

Jennifer Boys

Thank you for reaching out with your question! If you are importing for commercial purposes, you will need a customs bond to import your containers into the United States. Also, because you are shipping furniture, your import will be subject to additional inspection and potentially additional fees/duties. Someone from our import team will be in touch soon to help you with the process.

i bought stock lot 5 containers of homecentre furnatures from Dubai UAE ( made in various countries , china,Italy ,turkey ,malesya ) Is it required to get a permit or declarations to imported to USA , new york ? thanx

Dr. Leif Rivera


I bought about 6 planks of wood (Pilòn, Zapatero, or “Bully Wood”, scientific name “Hyeronima alchorneoides”) from a reputable sawmill in Costa Rica. The wood or Tree, is not threatened nor on the CITES list. They are finished planks, have been heat treated and ready for use.

I am a collector of wood specifically for artistic purposes.

All pieces have been kiln dried and heat treated. The pieces are small enough to fit in a duffle bag and I plan on putting them in “checked luggage” at the airport with final destination of Atlanta.

I will declare them on the form. Is there anything else that I need to do?

Mandy Johnson

Hello, i am considering importing finished wood products such as furnishings, wood. Carved accents and art work from Suriname. Can you tell me what guidelines need to be followed and how this is done? The port of entry would be California. I live in Southern California. Where would be the closest port? I don’t have a particular vendor/manufacturer selected yet. What should i focus on when doing so?

Adelaide Prevot-Sailler


I am planning to import furniture from Indonesia to the US (Baltimore would be the entry point).
We are starting this fall with one 20 ft container, with a Door to Port contract.
Can you help us from there (custom clearance and inspection?) ?

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