Sending goods to the USA

Question posted by Doug Simmans, on behalf of DVS Quality Solutions Limited in OL2

I have to ship some electronic equipment and software to the US. Normally the shipping has been done by my customers with them taking care of the clearance. this time I have to arrange shipping and clearance. What documentation do I need to send with it to ensure that it is not delayed?

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Jennie Rich, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment in SW1H.

Dear Doug,

Thank you for your question.

You might find this article from the UKTI team in New York to be useful as a starting point.

http://opentoexport.com/article/top-10-u-s-trade-questions-1-u-s-customs/

Hope that this helps.

Regards,

Jennie

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Dawn Henderson, on behalf of Consolidated Carriers Ltd in KA10.

Hi Doug,

We would be delighted to help you with the shipping of your items and advise, based on the carrier chosen for delivery, which documentation will be required.

Please call our team on 01292 310 510 for a shipment quotation and for advice on the best way of sending the items - my colleague Margaret McDonald is the best contact for you. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards,
Dawn Henderson
Marketing Executive
Consolidated Carriers Ltd (CCL)

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Paul Hickey, on behalf of Mercator Cargo Systems Ltd in PO1.

Hi Doug

You'd need your commercial invoice and packing list. It is also worth asking your customer if they have a customs bond and broker in place as using their broker will make it easier. If they dont have one it isnt a problem, you can do non-bonded entries. If you would like a quotation for the shipping then I would be more than happy to help, you can email me james@mercatorcargo.co.uk or call me on 02392 756575.

Thanks
James
Mercator Cargo Systems Ltd

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Darren Playfoot, on behalf of ROCHARD SHIPPING LTD in KT15.

Dear Doug,

You would need to confirm your sales terms with your customer in the USA, i.e. DDU - delivered duty unpaid or as agreed, etc If you are to deliver to the customer door including US customs clearance, you will need to add these costs to your sales invoice. You would therefore need the total number of pieces, gross weight and Cube so the rate can be worked out and freight charges quoted to you and then added to your invoice. As goods are electronic, you would need to ensure packing is sufficent, or if additional packing is requried factor these costs in as well. there is also the bills of lading to consider as you can have express bills or originals issued. fthe consignment is not very large you can always send by courier,or if larger by sea or air depending on urgency. I would be happy to assist / quote you for this shipment, please feel free to contact me by email dplayfoot@rochardshipping.co.uk or on 01932 565225

Trust of assistance
Best regards
Darren

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Paul Bennett, on behalf of British Wonder LLC in United States.

Hi Doug,

I am an ExPat, based in the US. Looks like you have some quality information already, but if you need any assistance from this end I would be happy to help. Also if you need any assistance with any other U.S. projects I would love to talk some time.

Paul Bennett
paul@britishwonder.com

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Donna Whelan, on behalf of UKTI North West in M17.

Hi Doug

The documentation required is four signed original invoices. The invoice should contain a description of the goods (including country of origin), weight and dimensions, 6 digit commodity code, selling price, shipping costs, name and address of customer, and applicable Incoterm. Note that the European commodity code may not be exactly the same as one required by US customs. Check online for the correct code http://hts.usitc.gov/ . You can also check the import duty by using the Market Access Database.

A licensed customs broker will be needed to effect the customs formalities, and if the shipment is being made on a DDP basis then appointing one will be the exporter’s responsibility. If the goods are being sent by courier then the courier will normally also act as the customs broker and can pay any import duties on your behalf. If the goods are being sent by a freight forwarder then the forwarder will normally have a preferred US partner who can act as broker. You may also be asked to sign a power of attorney so that the broker can make customs declarations on your behalf

Hope this helps.

Donna Whelan

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Hello,
In addition to the above information you also need to check whether or not you need to apply for an export licence for the electronic equipment and /or the software.
See https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/export-control-organisation for guidance.

Regards,
Susan

enquiries@morley-consulting.co.uk
www.morley-consulting.co.uk

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Thank you everyone who has responded. The information provided has been extremely useful and I have now all I need.

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