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
Port of New York is one of the most important industrial and trade centre in North America. This vast port covers almost 79 thousand hectares of land, supporting a population over 8.2 million. The port is also one of the largest regional economies in the United States.
Covering a total area of 4.6 acres, the port offers highly versatile warehousing facilities for stuffing and stripping. Facilitating the movement of over 617.8 thousand motor vehicles, the port contributes significantly to the economic growth of the region. The port of New York also has a capacity to accommodate five 1000 foot berths that can accommodate world’s biggest cruise vessels.
The port has been in operation since 1626 when Dutch West India Company decided to established a trading post on the shore of Manna-hata Island. The port with its enormous reach was also the capital of the state in 1797. Following a tradition, it offers faster and much better services than ever before.
Serving as the entry point for visiting the United States, the port is well known for the imports and exports of various commodities. The port equipped with detailed Internet-based reefer monitoring systems is to be developed as a smart city aiming to offer the best facilities in the vicinity.