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Shipping To the United States

Everything you wanted to know about shipping to the United States but were afraid to ask!
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Documents to Complete BEFORE You Ship

Bill of Lading Please click here to complete on-line.
Certificate of Origin - NAFTA
A NAFTA Certificate of Origin is required for merchandise coming from or going to any of the three NAFTA countries (U.S., Canada and Mexico) to be eligible for preferential duty treatment (free or reduced rates).
Certificate of Origin - NON NAFTA
If the shipment was manufactured outside the U.S. or Canada, use a non-NAFTA Certificate of Origin.
U.S. Customs Invoice
The seller's invoice to the importer clearly defining the type of goods, quantity, price of each type and terms of sale.

The following forms are only required under specific circumstances:

Toxic Substance Form
This form must be attached for any shipments containing dangerous or hazardous goods. It indicates to U.S. Customs that you are compliant or non-compliant with the Toxic Substance Control Act. Please click here for compliance information and guidelines.
Textiles Form
This form must be attached for any shipments containing textiles as the United States has quotas on types of products and embargos on products from some countries.
Electronic Products Form
This form must be attached for any shipments containing electronic goods that emit radiation such as televisions, computer monitors or receivers. These goods are governed under FDA guidelines, but you do not have to be FDA registered to export these goods to the United States.

Be sure and give ALL completed paperwork to the driver upon shipping.

All About Customs Brokers

What is a customs broker, and why do I need one?
U.S. brokers are licensed to clear goods into the United States and they have offices or a representative at the U.S. port of entry where the goods will cross. Your goods will be crossing the border on a commercial vehicle; therefore, U.S. Customs needs to receive information about your shipment in advance or at time of crossing so they may determine if the goods are eligible for entry into the United States and all the accounting requirements are met. A broker ensures these requirements are met, and will notify you if there are any problems which may delay your shipment.
Why is it important to include broker information on my Bill of Lading?
We present your documentation and goods prior to departure to the broker indicated on the bill of lading.

What restrictions exist for the export of food products to the United States?

The US government has made it mandatory that all importers into the United States register with the FDA to be eligible importers. Products under their jurisdiction are required to have a prior arrival notice and booking number when the driver arrives at the border. The importerís FDA registration number must appear on the proforma invoice. The shipperís Prior Arrival Notice and Booking Number from the broker should be attached to the proforma invoice.

If you wish to register or confirm if your goods are regulated by FDA, please contact them at:http://www.fda.gov/.

What is a NAFTA Certificate?

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States is a reciprocal agreement that permits certain goods to move duty free between those nations.

A NAFTA Certificate of Origin is required for merchandise coming from or going to any of the three NAFTA countries (U.S., Canada and Mexico) to be eligible for preferential duty treatment (free or reduced rates).

If the shipment was manufactured outside the U.S. or Canada, use a non-NAFTA Certificate of Origin.

What requirements are there for EPA goods?

Goods such as pesticides and engines are covered under the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States. Your broker should advise if your goods are subject to EPA.

You may also communicate by fax at (202) 564-2057 --OR--
Write to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, Manufactures Operations Division (6405-J), Investigation/Import Section, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460 --OR--
Visit their web site at http://www.epa.gov/otaq/imports.

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