Here are some basic steps for how to import products into the U.S.:
Deciding on your port of entry. Depending on your physical location within the country,
you may only have one or a multiple of choices.
Determining the legality and tariff or duty value of your imported goods from China
in a process called examination and valuation.
Establishing the percentage of tax that will be charged to the value of your imported
goods from China. This process is also called classification.
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.
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.
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?