When a shipment reaches the United States, the owner, purchaser, or designated licensed customs broker (i.e. the importer of record) must file entry documents for the goods with the port director at the goods’ port of entry. To legally enter the U.S., imported goods must arrive within the port of entry, delivery of the merchandise must be authorized by CBP, and estimated duties must be paid. The importer of record is responsible for the arrangement of examination and release of the goods.
Within 15 calendar days of the date that a shipment arrives at a U.S. port of entry, entry documents must be filed at a location specified by the port director. These documents are:Entry Manifest or Application and Special Permit for Immediate Delivery or other form of merchandise release required by the port director,Evidence of right to make entry,Commercial invoice or a pro forma invoice when the commercial invoice cannot be produced,Packing lists, if appropriate,Other documents necessary to determine merchandise admissibility.
Items on the banned list are:Agricultural Commodities (milk, fruits, vegetables, tobacco, livestock, etc.)Arms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Implements of WarCertain Consumer Products (household appliances, industrial equipment, toys, etc.)Electronic Products (Radio Frequency Devices, radiation products)Food, Drugs, Cosmetics, and Medical Devices)Conflict DiamondsGold, Silver, Currency, StampsPesticides, Toxic and Hazardous SubstancesTextiles, Wool, and FurCounterfeit ProductsWildlife and PetsObscene, Immoral, or Seditious MatterArtifacts
A license or permit from the responsible agency may be necessary to import:• alcoholic beverages• animal and animal products• certain drugs• firearms and ammunition• fruits, nuts• meat and meat products• milk, dairy, and cheese products• plants and plant products• poultry and poultry products• petroleum and petroleum products• vegetables
Commercial invoice A commercial invoice should include the following:US port of entryContact information of Purchaser, Vendor, & ShipperDetailed description of merchandise (including country of manufacture)Piece count of each product (quantities & measures)Cost per item and currencyAll charges relating to the shipment including packaging, shipping chargesDate of purchaseThe invoice must be in English or accompanied by an accurate English translation
Surety (Bond)All imports must be accompanied by a bond in order to ensure the payment of any duties, taxes, or fees relating to import. A bond can be purchased through a US based surety company or your selected Customs Broker There are 2 types of customs bond:Annual Bond – This is the most common and cost effective bond as it covers all imports for 1 year. A bond covering an amount of $50,000.00 USD will cost between $400.00 – $450.00 USD. Larger bonds can be purchased as well extensions of a smaller bond.Single-Entry Bond – Single entry bonds are most often used when importers do not expect to receive more than 5-10 per year and cost about 5% of the value of the shipment
Facilitating manufacturing, services, oil refining, food processing, and marine research as its dominant sectors, the port’s sea transportation has key importance in commercial activities. Port of Long Beach thereby employs thousands of people and is known as Harbour Department of the City of Long Beach.
The Port of Long Beach covers a large space comprising of 80 berths that are served by 66 post-Panamax gantry cranes. The port also has container terminals that can handle 4.9 thousand vessels and 154.4 million tonnes of cargo every year.
Founded on June 24, 1911, at the mouth of the Los Angeles River, the Port of Long Beach’s commercial importance began to grow after the port in the year 1924. In the year 1921, oil was discovered at the Long Beach Oil Field in and around Signal Hill, making the port fourth largest oil fields in the United States.
The port has diversified its activities with a large shed area having a capacity of 52 thousand metric tonnes. The Port of Long Beach has also adopted Green Port Policy with the aim of minimizing or eliminating pollution levels. The new state of the art facility will ease the movement of goods to nearby plants and factories thus paving a path for a better future.