Are you a first time importer?

Are you a first time importer? Do you find yourself unsure on how to process your goods? At lost on how to begin?

We have good news for you. Our over 20 years of experience allowed us to gain extensive knowledge on how to import goods from overseas into the USA.

Read up on these items below to see if these points help answer
your questions.

Help for first time importer

For a summary of sample chargeable freight calculations for air and sea, download the PDF.

Feel free to call us toll free at 1-877-901-2004 for help.

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Helpful resources for the first time importer

Import shipping terms explained

Basic import shipping terms for the first time importer

Basic import shipping terms for the first time importer

What are included in the import shipping terms?

The table below shows what are included in each of the four basic import shipping terms offered in the online freight quote calculator.

Door to door – Ex-works with USC fees

  • Export Documents
  • Export brokerage
  • Pick up
  • Airfreight cost
  • Airline surcharges
  • Airport fees
  • Customs clearance
  • Duties
  • Sales tax
  • Delivery
  • Merchandise processing fee (MPF)

Door to door – Ex-works – less USC fees

  • Export Documents
  • Export brokerage
  • Pick up
  • Airfreight cost
  • Airline surcharges
  • Airport fees
  • Delivery
  • Customs clearance*

Port to door – FCA/FOB – with USC fees

  • Airfreight cost
  • Airline surcharges
  • Airport fees
  • Duties
  • Sales tax
  • Delivery
  • Customs clearance**
  • Merchandise processing fee (MPF)

Port to door – FCA/FOB – less USC fees

  • Airfreight cost
  • Airline surcharges
  • Airport fees
  • Delivery
  • Customs clearance***

USC – US Customs
* Doesn’t include USC fees
** Doesn’t include any fees at origin
*** Doesn’t include any fees at origin or USC fees

Here are the formal definition of these terms:

Ex Works – This is an INCOTERM term of sale (known as “EXW”) in which the buyer is responsible for delivering the goods until they are within the premises of the factory.

FCA – This is known as “Free Carrier.” It is the new term to replace FOB; however, many suppliers/forwarders still refer to it as FOB.

FOB – This is an INCOTERM of sale known as “Free On Board.” It is where the seller of the cargo is responsible for all cargo transportation costs until its arrival on board the ship. It includes all charges of carriers or forwarders levied at the port of loading.

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Export Shipping terms explained

Important export shipping terms for the first time importer

 

Important export shipping terms for the first time importer

What are include in the export shipping terms?

The table below shows what are included in each of the export shipping terms offered in the online freight quote calculator.

CFR (Door to destination port)

  • Pick up
  • Documentation
  • Export brokerage
  • Port charges in USA
  • Freight up to destination port

DDU (Door to Door excludes Duties/Taxes in destination)

  • Pick up
  • Documentation
  • Export brokerage
  • Port charges in USA
  • Freight up to destination port
  • Destination fees
  • Custom Clearance in destination Country
  • Delivery to door

DDP (Door to Door including customs fees)

  • Pick up
  • Documentation
  • Export brokerage
  • Port charges in USA
  • Freight up to destination port
  • Destination fees
  • Custom Clearance in destination Country
  • Delivery to door
  • Customs Duty and Taxes in the destination Country

Note that insurance is not included in these terms. However, we can provide it upon request.

CFR – A term used to indicate the cost of the goods and freight charges included in the quoted price. This is also known also as “Cost and Freight” and “C & F”.

DDU – This is the term for “Delivery Duties Unpaid”.

DDP – The term for “Delivery Duties Paid”.

FOB – This is an INCOTERM term known as “Free On Board.” Here, the seller of the cargo is responsible for all cargo transportation costs until it is loaded onto the ship. It includes all charges of carriers or forwarders levied at the port of loading.

CIF –  This refers to the direct copy of the CFR; however, it includes insurance.

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How to work out duty rates?

The table below is a guide showing the top 10 types of commodities, their country of origin and duty rate.

International Duty Rates Guide from China to USA

  1. Clothing – 14.90%
  2. 3D Glasses – 2.50%
  3. Luggage – 5.3% – 20.00%
  4. Electronics – 0.00%
  5. Led Lights – 0.00%
  6. Toys – 4.30%
  7. Shoes – 0.0% – 37.5%
  8. Fabric – 4.3%
  9. Furniture – 0.0%
  10. Car Parts – 0 0% – 2.5%

International Duty Rates Guide from Australia to USA

  1. Swimwear- 0.0%
  2. Watches – 0.0%
  3. Cosmetics – 0.0%
  4. Clothing – 0.0%
  5. Wine – $0.0063 / liter
  6. Handbags – 0.0%
  7. Car Parts – 0.0%
  8. Electronics – 0.0%
  9. Bicycle Frames – 0.0%
  10. Books 0.0%

International Duty Rates Guide from Germany to USA

  1. Car Parts – 0.00% – 2.5%
  2. Bicycles – 3.7-11.00%
  3. Vacuum – 0.00%
  4. Electronics – 0.00%
  5. Precision Machinery – 2.40%
  6. Luggage – 5.3% – 20%
  7. Tools – 5.0%
  8. Headphones – 4.9%
  9. Toys – 4.3%
  10. Furniture – 0.0%

International Duty Rates Guide from UK to USA

  1. Clothing – 14.9%
  2. Bicycles – 3.7%-11%
  3. Bicycle parts – 3.7%-11.0%
  4. Handbags – 5.3% to 20%
  5. Furniture – 0.0%
  6. Car Parts – 0.0% – 2.5%
  7. Books – 0.0%
  8. Electronic parts – 0.0%
  9. Cosmetics – 0.0%
  10. Lighting fixtures – 2.9 – 7.6 %

International Duty Rates Guide from India to USA

  1. Clothing – 14.9%
  2. Fabric 4.3%
  3. Silver Jewellery – 5.0%-13.5%
  4. Rice – White – $0.021/kg
  5. Cushions – 5-6.3%
  6. Furniture – 0.0%
  7. Machinery – 2.4%
  8. Jute Bags – 0.0%
  9. Electronic Components – 0.0%
  10. Carpet and Rugs – 0.00%-8.0%

International Duty Rates Guide from Italy to USA

  1. Wine – $0.063/liter
  2. Clothing – 14.9%
  3. Handbags – 5.3% to 20.0%
  4. Furniture – 0.0%
  5. Shoes – 0.0% – 37.5%
  6. Fabric – 4.30%
  7. Glassware – 6.90%
  8. Olive Oil – $0.034/kg or $0.05/kg on contents and container
  9. Granite 0.0% – 3.7%
  10. Motorcycle parts – 0.0%

Feel free to call us at 1-877-901-2004 if you need help with working out the correct duty rate for your shipment.

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Disclaimer

Note the above duty rates are estimates only based on general products and should not be used for costing without confirmation from a friendly Freight Forwarder Quote Online (FFQO) team member. FFQO cannot and will not be held liable for any inaccuracies of information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are air freight rates so volatile?

Freight rate varies due to many reasons. The main factors are space availability, fluctuation in fuel pricing, currency adjustments and routing of carriers.

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Do you offer payment terms?

Payment varies depending on the mode of freight you choose. Click here to read what you have to pay.

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Who handles insurance?

You can supply your own insurance. However, we do offer insurance and can include it in your final invoice. We charge a minimum of $85.00 or 0.3% of the product value if it is greater than the minimum.

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How do I pack my items?

We recommend you use bubble wrap and paper or cardboard to ensure the safe travel of fragile products.

Use of timber for packing

The use of timber for packing requires the timber to be treated. Although some exceptions may apply, such as the use of plywood, it is best to check with us if you plan to use timber for packaging.

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How long will it take before my airfreighted goods arrive?

In most cases, your cargo will require one (1) day at origin and one (1) day at destination to pass through customs. Depending on whether the plane carrying your cargo is a direct flight or not, travel time could vary from two (2) to six (6) days.

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How long will it take before my shipped goods arrive?

In most cases, sea freight will take four (4) to six (6) weeks depending on your choice of routing. Goods freighted via East Coast can take longer depending on origin port.

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What documents do you need to import my goods?

Imports to the US require the following as a minimum:

  • Bill of entry
  • Commercial invoice
  • Power of attorney for FFQO to act on your behalf)
  • Airway or port bill

Also, you will need these:

  • Import licence
  • Insurance certificate
  • Purchase order

Read more about the five essential things for customs clearance for better understanding.

Depending on the type of goods to be transported, you may need a test report, import permits, or certificates. Contact us if you have any questions.

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Where do you frequently freight cargo to and from?

Major air and sea freight destinations within the USA we frequently freight to include:

  • Shanghai
  • Guangzhou
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Frankfurt
  • Amsterdam
  • Nhava Sheva
  • London
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney

Major air and sea freight within the USA destinations we frequently freight to include:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles
  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • San Antonio
  • San Diego
  • Dallas

Major US airports serviced

Major overseas airports serviced

But we do cover over 40,000 locations overall so contact us if you have any specific location you have in mind.

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Who will pick up my items?

You have several options. We can arrange:

  • Delivery to your door
  • Pickup from depot
  • Pickup from airport/port

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Do you move dangerous goods?

Yes, dangerous goods can be moved without too much difficulty; however, the rates vary significantly from product to product.

Supply us with your Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) from your manufacturers and we could handle it from there.

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How much duties, taxes and quarantine fees should I pay?

This is not a simple question as there are many factors involved. Talk to us and we’ll be happy to assist you with it.

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Contact Us

Call us toll free on 1-877-901-2004 or send us a message via our online contact form if you have any more questions.

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