If you’re an importer, you’re likely searching for and purchasing goods from online sellers for future entry into the United States. Follow our online shopping liability checklist to ensure your internet goods arrive safely and quickly.
As an importer, it’s your responsibility to do your homework and make sure the goods you seek to import can be legally imported into the U.S. Licensed Customs Brokers can help you decipher if there are any restrictions or special forms needed for the import entry process.
Discuss with sellers ahead of time how your import purchases will be shipped. The shipping options typically include:
If you are responsible for the shipping costs, contact a licensed freight forwarder to make sure the transportation and handling costs don’t outweigh the cost of your purchases.
Make sure your vendor provides accurate information about items being shipped on all import paperwork. Providing inaccurate information about your goods and their value is illegal.
Sellers should be providing you with a commercial invoice containing the following information about your imports:
The Internet has made it easy to locate and buy imports globally. Many people don’t realize that getting a foreign item successfully shipped to the U.S. is more difficult than agreeing to an online purchase price.
Follow the U.S. Customs Internet Purchases rules procedure page to properly declare and import your overseas purchases.
Product liability insurance coverage protects against damage losses arising from defects in products purchased and from claims arising from product failures. It’s essential to discuss the amount of product liability insurance you need for your imports with an insurance professional.
Licensed Customs Brokers can help your imports arrive safely in the U.S. while avoiding import process hurdles. Commodity import requirements and paperwork can be handled by Customs Brokers. The following import paperwork should always be included: