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CustomsForms.org | Frequently Asked Questions About U.S. Customs

Frequently Asked Questions About U.S. Customs

What is a customs broker?

Customs brokers help importers with the often complicated process of clearing imported goods through U.S. Customs.  Typically a customs broker will collect the importers documents related to the shipment, help them classify the goods to determine their duty rate, and then file the necessary customs forms with U.S. Customs on the importer’s behalf.

How long does it take for a broker to file a customs entry?

Straightforward customs entries can be filed by your broker in less than 15 minutes.  However, more complicated entries that require harmonized tariff classification, country of origin certification, and other more complicated processes can add considerable time to the process.

I want to import a shipment. Which customs forms do I need?

Unfortunately there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, however if you’re importing goods for ordinary consumption / re-sale, you (or your customs broker) will most likely just need to file the Entry Summary form along with the bill of lading, commercial invoice, packing list, and arrival notice.  If you’ve got a more complicated shipment or wish to qualify for one of the United States’ many multi-lateral trade programs, you may wish to consult a licensed customs broker.  If you don’t want to hire a broker, you can read our descriptions for every customs form the agency prints.

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  1. CustomsForms 17. Mar, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Ask your questions about U.S. Customs and importing here. A customs broker will answer right away!

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