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Basic Documents required to clear customs fast and easily


Commercial Invoice

The Commercial Invoice contains transaction details regarding the products to be imported, such as the seller, buyer, purchase price, country of origin, product description and more.


Packing List

A Packing List is a document that details the contents, and often the dimensions and weight of each package or container.


Bill of Lading

Issued by the carrier, an Ocean Bill of Lading,  Air Waybill or Truck Manifest specifies the details of the goods being transported, such as quantity, weight type and destination.


Arrival Notice

An Arrival Notice is issued by the carrier or carrier’s agent to the consignee (and to the Notify Party on the BOL) to provide information about the arrival and further detail required for customs clearance.

The HTS provides the applicable tariff rates and statistical categories for all merchandise imported into the United States; it is based on the international Harmonized System, the global system of nomenclature that is used to describe most world trade in goods..


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Tariff Code

As a recognized expert, AFC International can assist in determining the correct tariff classification and rate of duty for your goods. For unusual or complicated items, we can obtain a binding tariff classification ruling for your goods from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Surety Bonds

A party that imports goods into the United States must provide a surety bond (customs bond) to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure all duties, taxes and fees owed to the federal government will be paid.  Purchasing your surety bond through AFC International ensures your shipments will clear customs efficiently and have the appropriate coverage.

Learn more about purchasing a Surety Bond here.

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