At this point most of us have purchased some items off the internet while others buy everything off the internet andbarely go to a store. It is remarkable what is available for purchase online and how simple the process seems at least when you are purchasing in the U.S. Please note that when you purchase items originating in a foreign country, they are being imported into the U.S. Those items are subject to all the rules and regulations of U.S. Customs.
As the importer you are the responsible party that needs to comply with those regulations. What the sellers do not include with their listed pricing online is the responsibilities you will face when importing the cargo into the U.S. The costs will depend on the values and the type of items. The entry process can range from simple to extremely complex. The fabric or textile product could be subject to quotas, anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The Italian imported cheese requires prior notice and FDA registration along with USDA approvals. Failure to comply may result in the goods not being allowed entry into the country, seizure, fines, and penalties or combinations of these, depending on the situation.
As this continues to be concerns for many of our clients and we continue to provide service in these matters, we will be uploading some additional information to our website as it is reworked over the next few months. You can also check out Customs website at cbp.gov and look for information on internet purchases or the importer of record responsibilities. If you are considering internet purchases originating outside the U.S., please contact our import team prior to purchase for their assistance. They can help you avoid many problems and pitfalls before you spend your money on those purchases.