Is there any way to reduce the tax/duty on goods sold to USA?

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Hi,

Is there any way to reduce the duty charges on goods sold on a USA website but fulfilled from the UK?

Can we transfer the good to usa store/warehouse and dispatch from there?

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Sue Marsden Gilpin, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment USA in United States.

Hello,

Thanks for reaching out onto the Open To Export forum. I would suggest comparing costs by reaching out to:
1. Freight forwarders http://www.dhl.co.uk/en/express/small_business_solutions/business_across_borders.html#exporting)
2. Customs brokers http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/ (Click the state, then the port, then click the ‘View List’ link for Brokers) or
3. a trade lawyer about storing in U.S. warehouses.

A few items to look into:
1. Binding Ruling - you need to ask CBP about this: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_programs/duty_rates/determining.xml (by calling the local port of entry)
2. Carnet http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/newsroom/publications/travel/ ata_carnet.ctt/ata_carnet.doc
3. Foreign Trade Zones - depending on your product http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/cargo_control/ftz/ask_ftz.xml

Here is a useful publication by DHL:
http://www.dhl.co.uk/content/dam/downloads/gb/express/local_other/dhl_practical_guide_importing_exporting_gb.pdf

We have some information about warehousing if you would like further information as well.

Kind Regards,
Diana Lau | Trade Research and Communication Associate
UK Trade & Investment | British Consulate-General | New York, NY 10022 |
E-mail: ResearchUSA@fco.gov.uk

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