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
The Main Port covers 7,500 acres of land and water with 53 feet long channel. The port of Los Angeles is also known as the America’s Port. With a population of over 12.9 million people, the port of Los Angeles serves as the centre ofmaritime trade and agriculture for the country.
Los Angeles port handling over 2,143 vessels annually has grown with the world wide increase in the ocean-going commerce. The port is made out of 270 berths with the bulk terminal having a storage capacity of 350 thousand tonnes and an annual traffic capacity of 1000 metric tonnes per hour.
The port of Los Angeles is one of the world’s oldest ports which began its activities as a coastal fishing, hunting and gathering. In the year 1542, Captain Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo changed the whole cultural landscape of the port. Further in 1930, a massive expansion of the port was undertaken and since that day there have been various developments over the years transforming the port into country’s major commercial point.
With favourable weather conditions throughout the year, this port serves as a leading maritime gateway in the United States and an ideal transit centre for intercontinental trade. The port is also recognised for its economic and ecological value in the state of California.