Sea Freight from China to USA Guide

Amazon is a great opportunity for many people to make fortune.If you select one kind of product in China and want to sell it on Amazon. Then this will be a helpful article for you. It will tell you how to ship your goods from China to USA by sea. What you need to do is continuing to reading this article.it will do lots help for you and save energy and time for you amazon marketing plan.
What you should do is to ask help from a freight forwarder to help you get your item easily and smoothly .It will help you figure out all shipping solution for you.No worries just focus on amazon selling.

Under common circumstance you should do the following things:

 

Getting Your Items Through Customs

 

Hire a customs broker. Locating and hiring a licensed customs broker can make your importation process much easier. This professional facilitates communication between you and the government, fills out and files necessary paperwork, and can help you navigate import regulations. They can also help estimate import costs and how long the import process will take. Just make sure that you can cover their fee with the sale of your imported products.

  • Neglecting compliance can be very costly. This may force you to pay expensive and unexpected customs duties, such as the anti-dumping duty, as well as risk delaying your customs clearance. This will cost you expensive storage fees at a railway station or container yard. Avoid these expenses by hiring a qualified customs broker.
  • Find a certified broker by searching on the website for the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America.

Acquire necessary permits and licenses. Work with your customs broker to identify which licenses and permit you need, if any. Apply for them through the appropriate US government channels and wait for your application to be accepted before placing an import order.

  • You will need a specialized license to import items that fall under certain categories, such as food products, plants, animal products, prescription medication, trademarked items (brand name or designer goods), and copyrighted items (CDs, DVDs, etc.).
  • The specific licenses needed for each good may come from different government agencies. You can find which licenses you need by visiting the US Customs and Border Patrol’s website and searching for “licenses and permits.”

 

File the Import Security filing (ISF).The ISF is a document specific to items shipped by sea freight that provides advance shipment information to US Customs. This document should be filed 24 hours before shipment sets sail. If this is not done by either you or your broker, you may have to pay a $5,000 fine. The data points required on the ISF are:

  • Identities of the buyer and seller.
  • Importer of Record number.
  • Consignee numbers.
  • Country of Origin.
  • Ship to party.
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States number (if your Chinese supplier has some export experience, he should have the harmonized schedule code, or HS code, for your product).
  • Manufacturer or supplier information.
  • Container stuffing location.

 

File the Import Security filing (ISF).The ISF is a document specific to items shipped by sea freight that provides advance shipment information to US Customs. This document should be filed 24 hours before shipment sets sail. If this is not done by either you or your broker, you may have to pay a $5,000 fine. The data points required on the ISF are:

  • Identities of the buyer and seller.
  • Importer of Record number.
  • Consignee numbers.
  • Country of Origin.
  • Ship to party.
  • Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States number (if your Chinese supplier has some export experience, he should have the harmonized schedule code, or HS code, for your product).
  • Manufacturer or supplier information.
  • Container stuffing location.

 

Get your product through US Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”). For help with this, contact a service port of entry near you. Ask to speak with a CBP import specialist assigned to the product you are importing. Import specialists can provide you with product specific requirements, advisory duty rates, answer your questions about filing an entry, and can assist you with preparing and filing the required paperwork. You can locate a port of entry and its contact information by visiting the CBP’s website.

  • You should be aware of any entry requirements specific to the particular product you are importing, including those of federal agencies besides CBP.
  • For more information about getting your product through U.S. Customs, read Basic Importing and Exporting at CBP’s website: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export.

 

Submit initial import documents. Once the goods are received by the port of entry, you (or your customs broker) have five days to submit the first round of required import documents. These must be accepted by customs before further documentation can be filed. Required documents include:

  • Bill of lading.
  • Packing lists.
  • Commercial invoice.
  • Certificate of origin.
  • Customs bond.
  • Inward cargo manifest or immediate delivery form.

 

File additional documents. After the first documents are accepted by the port of entry, you or your broker now have ten days to file two additional required documents. These are the entry summary (US Customs Form 7501) and any relevant invoices that can be used to value the shipment.

Taking Possession of Your Items

 

  • Pay your import duties.Your import duties will be calculated using the value of your shipment as estimated by customs officers and the shipment’s grouping on the harmonized tariff schedule. The value of the shipments includes the price paid, commissions incurred from the purchase, royalty fees, license fees, packing costs, and the value of assists (specialized machinery or molds used in the manufacturing process). Your duties are then determined by using the tax rate specific to items of your shipment type on the US Government’s Harmonized Tariff Schedule.
  • Tariffs may vary by origin as well. For example, liquor (alcoholic beverages containing over 20 percent but no more than 50 alcohol by volume) is taxed at a standard rate of 8.4 cents per kilogram and an additional 1.9% of total value. However, this fee is waived when the items are coming from certain locations (including Canada and Singapore).
  • If any of your filed documents are inaccurate, you will need to file corrected documents before you can pay your duties.
  • Your duties are due within ten days of the receipt of your initial import documents.
  • Your customs broker should be able to help you estimate the cost of your duties before you import the goods.

 

Arrange for pick-up and transport. Contact a commercial cargo company to arrange to have your shipment picked up at the port of entry and shipped to your warehouse or local resellers. Cargo companies can be located by consulting your local yellow pages or favorite online phone book.

 

Check your shipment for accuracy and damage. Once the items have made it to you, look at the packaging and items themselves for any damage sustained over the course of the trip. If there is significant damage, you may want to rethink your choice of shipping method or urge your supplier to better prepare your items for shipment.

 

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