Full Guide on Shipping to the United States

March 21, 2021

Full Guide on Shipping to the United States

There are some processes before shipping to the United States that every business must adhere to. Shipping requirements such as customs clearance and various types of paperwork need to be done to ensure the safety of the crew handling packages and the people who will receive them. 

So what is required when shipping items to the USA? Find out what paperwork you need, what custom clearance is all about and what you should do before and during your shipment in today’s article. 

Understanding Paperwork and Custom Clearance 

When shipping items to the USA they must go through customs to be cleared. You’ll need a customs invoice when sending your shipment to America. This document will include the following information: 

  • The amount of tax you need to pay
  • Payment for duties 
  • Collection address
  • Delivery address
  • A summary of the goods you’re shipping
  • Total shipment value
  • The reason for export
  • Country of manufacturer 
  • Itemized value of each product in the parcel 

All details on your custom clearance invoice must be accurate. One aspect to remember is that no tax will be applied to your shipment if the total value is below a specific threshold. If your shipment has tax or duties applied to it the receiver of the items will be contacted by customs for their tax ID. 

Before Shipping to the USA

Before shipping to US states you must first check whether your list of goods aren’t banned in the country. Refer to the list of goods that are prohibited to ensure you don’t send items that are illegal to the US. If you violate regulations you can be charged a fine, detained or your goods may be confiscated. 

Next, you should research shipping costs. Whether you’re shipping from Europe to USA states or shipping from Asia to USA states the cost can be high. Take a look at a shipping service such as World Logistics Group for the best quotes on exporting goods to America.  

During the Process of Shipping to the US 

You must provide complete details of the person or company you’re shipping goods to in order to make delivery easier for the shipping company. Make sure you’ve provided the following details: 

  • Name of the receiver and his or her ID number or papers
  • The receiver’s address including house number, street name, state and zip code 
  • Phone number in case customs or the shipping company needs to phone the receiver 

You should also adhere to packaging specifications when shipping to the US. All items must be packaged in cubed or rectangular shaped boxes. Fragile items must be packed in wooden boxes with polystyrene foam. 

Final Thoughts

Follow our guide when shipping to the USA and remember to adhere to the regulations so that you don’t get fined for sending items that are banned. Make sure your customs invoice is 100% accurate and if you’re looking for additional information refer to US Customs Border Protection legislations.

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