Thank you for reaching out onto Open To Export. The landed cost is the total cost of a product once it has arrived at the buyer’s door so the following should be considered: original cost of item, brokerage/logistics fees, complete shipping costs, customs duties, tariffs, taxes, insurance, currency conversion, crating costs and handling fees. Not all will be present in every shipment, but they are all considered part of the landed cost.
Items shipped to certain states are subject to fees: Customs Information (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=502492) US Sales Tax (http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=468512)
You should speak with a freight forwarder or courier (e.g. DHL, FedEx) to determine the shipping costs. If not, you may wish to consult a Customs Broker. Approved brokers by state can be found on the CBP website’s Port of Entry link.
Also, here is the process for classifying goods for export to the U.S. and determining what the duties will be:
1. Classification Code - The product/goods will require a customs Classification Code before you can identify the duty or import rates applicable. To classify goods, call the Customs CLASSIFICATION HOTLINE - Tel: 01702 366 077 TARIFF (UK), Mon-Fri 8.30-5.00.
2. Duty Rates- The United States International Trade Commission website http://dataweb.usitc.gov/ provides international trade statistics and US Tariff data to the public full-time and free of charge.
Directions for easy access: a. Select TARIFF DATABASE (on left side of page) b. Click– Yes, go to USITC Year 2012 Tariff Database c. Enter Classification number in the box (only type the first 6 digits) and click ‘List Items’ d. Click on relevant ‘detail’ (The rate is quoted under MFN (Most Favoured Nation))
Contact Information for US Customs: Office of Customs & Border Protection Tel: (001) 703 526 4200 www.cbp.gov. Also try Amazon for further assistance. Best, Diana Lau