Import From China Business

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A practical guide for starting a small business

Getting Imported Goods Into the U.S. - Overview

Here are some basic steps for how to import products into the U.S.:

  1. Deciding on your port of entry.  Depending on your physical location within the country, you may only have one or a multiple of choices.
  2. Determining the legality and tariff or duty value of your imported goods from China in a process called examination and valuation.
  3. Establishing the percentage of tax that will be charged to the value of your imported goods from China.  This process is also called classification.
  4. Payment and liquidation.  You will need to pay the tariff amount to government officials to take possession of the imported goods.

How to Import Products
Process Overview

There are two types of import entry into the United States which are based on the value of the goods.  

  1. Anything $2,000 or less is considered informal entry while goods over $2,000 is considered formal.  Most small business owners will likely import goods value over $2,000.  
  2. You must employ the services of an Import Broker if the value of your imported goods is more than $2,000.  At any time when the goods are for resale regardless of the value, you must also use a customs Broker.

Informal Versus Formal Process.   Do I need a Broker?

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Getting Imported Goods Into the U.S. - Overview