Customs in the United States

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Customs Procedures

Import Procedures
Import procedure is subjected to a specific process. Click here to see all the requirements to be completed while importing a product in The USA.
Specific Import Procedures
FDA is the federal agency responsible for ensuring that foods are safe, wholesome and sanitary; human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices are safe and effective; cosmetics are safe; and electronic products that emit radiation are safe.
Importing Samples
Sample goods are classified under chapter 98 of the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule, a chapter designated for specialty import provisions. Most imported samples are classified under HTS number 9811.00.60. Samples classified in this way must not be valued over USD 1 or must be permanently marked, torn, perforated, or otherwise mutilated so that they are not suitable as a saleable item. Sample imports classified under HTS classification 9811.00.60 and meeting the above requirements for marking are free of duty from any country of import.

Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports

Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
USA applies a Customs tariff that is among the lowest in the world. It is 3% on average.
The WTO gives a sheet summarizing the Customs tariffs by country.
Products Having a Higher Customs Tariff
Dairy products, Sugars and confectionery, Beverages & tobacco, Clothing.
Preferential Rates
The duties for Canada and Mexico, bound by the agreement of the NAFTA, are non-existent, or very reduced and in any case, lower than the general rate. There is also a preferential rate for countries included in the Generalized System of Preference, which is to say most of the developing countries.
Customs Classification
Depending on the origin of products. .
Method of Calculation of Duties
Customs duties are calculated Ad valorem on the CIF value.
Method of Payment of Customs Duties
They have to be paid by any electronic technology or charge cards that are authorized by the Commissioner of Customs.
Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)
Import tax (also known as an import duty or import tariff) is collected by US Customs on every import that comes into the US.


Import taxes are a source of income for the US Government and are a way to restrict or facilitate the import of certain commodities.


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