Exporting to USA


We have been asked by someone in America to supply 180 of our school leavers books.
Can you tell me what is involved part from the actual delivery i.e. customs and forms to fill in etc.


Dear Alan,
Thanks for reaching out on Open to Export. For your reference, the landed cost is the total cost of a product once it has arrived at the buyer’s door. Therefore, the following should be considered: original cost of the item, all brokerage and logistics fees, complete shipping costs, customs duties, tariffs, taxes, insurance, currency conversion, crating costs, and handling fees. Not all of these components will be present in every shipment, but they are all considered part of the landed cost.

You should speak with your freight forwarder or courier (e.g. DHL, FedEx) to determine the shipping costs; they should also be able to help you with the other items and usually take care of any needed documentation. 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. Click the state, then the port, then click the ‘View List’ link for Brokers.

Here is the process for classifying goods for export to the U.S. and determining what the duties will be:
A. 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.
B. Duty Rates The United States International Trade Commission website http://dataweb.usitc.gov/ Directions for easy access:
2. Click – Yes, go to USITC Year 2012 Tariff Database
3. Enter Classification number in the box (only type the first 6 digits) and click ‘List Items’
4. Click on relevant ‘detail’
5. The rate is quoted under MFN (Most Favoured Nation)

Please contact Office of Customs & Border Protection if you have any further questions or concerns: (001) 703 526 4200 www.cbp.gov

Diana Lau | Trade Research and Communication Associate
UK Trade & Investment | New York, NY 10022

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