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Shipping to the US

The United States is a country that relies heavily on trade with other nations. In light of attacks on the United States, customs officials are more stringent than ever in supervising what is shipping to the U.S. Almost anything can be shipped to the U.S. but the customs officials keep a record of all importers so if there are ever any problems, they know right away to check the import. If paperwork isn't done properly or if there are problems in the packaging, customs officials have the right to detain shipments or even turn them away.

Depending on what is being imported, those shipping to the U.S. might have to have a license or permit. Most importers do not need to worry about this. While U.S. customs officials get to decide the final price of any fees, the importer is required to state the value of whatever is being imported. If you are importing your personal belongings to the U.S., you should make an inventory moving list and copy it twice so that there will be no confusion at the customs gate. This way, there are no disputes as to what is actually shipping to the U.S. and what the value may be.

It is very important that your goods - whether commercial or personal - be accompanied with proper documentation. If your goods are not entered through customs within five days of arrival, they end up in a warehouse and you have to pay storage fees until everything is worked out. Some moving companies will take care of paperwork like this for you so you should make sure you do your research to find a good one to move your belongings or products. All packages must be properly marked and a good moving company can help you with that also.

Shipping boxes to any part of the world can seem daunting but it really doesn't have to be. As long as you follow the rules for each country's customs, you will have no trouble shipping what you need to. Shipping by sea or air can both be very affordable, depending on what you are shipping and how much you want to pay. You may find that you are exempt from certain fees if you are importing personal items. No matter what you are shipping to the U.S. make sure you keep the records for five years. While it's doubtful that you'll need to show anyone, the records after you've already been cleared through customs it's still a good idea to have the records, just in case someone notices in a file that something doesn't seem quite right.

Shipping to the U.S. isn't as difficult as it seems, and there is a wealth of information that you can find with just a little bit of time online. As long as everything is in order, you will have no trouble. Moving companies can take care of everything for you or you can do it all yourself, but make sure you know what is required.