Exporting Dresses to the US

Question

We are small bridal manufacturing business in the UK looking to export to the US. I require advice with regards to costs associated with exporting to the US, transport, duties, landed prices, exchange rates, hidden costs, custom clearance.

Answer

Hello Jamie,

Thanks for getting in touch through the Open to Export portal. As a UK government agency, UKTI is unable to provide legal advice but we posted an article recently about navigating US Customs, including how to classify your goods, determine duty rates, find a broker, etc.

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

Hope this helps.

Best,
Diana

Answer

Hi Jamie

Welcome to Open to Export!

Please could you advise if you will be exporting the dresses to a consumer or a business?

Also please provide approx. location, dimensions & weights and approx. value of the goods, for example:

DELIVERY : MICHIGAN, DETROIT

1 CARTON 70 x 70 x 50 CMS
NET / GROSS WEIGHT 10 / 15 KGS

VALUE : $500.00
CONTENTS : FEMALE CLOTHING (NON HAZ)

Armed with this information I will be able to give you an idea of costs, timescales & customs procedures.

Kind regards

Gemma

Answer

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found on our website by using the following link http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&propertyType=document&resetCT=true&id=HMCE_PROD1_032667

You may find the Export Best Practice Guide particularly helpful

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise
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