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The Basics

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Marking of Items


Approximate Duties for Items entering the USA

Where to get additional information


Here are some general guidelines to importing goods from this site into the United States.  For more detailed information on importing you may find the US Customs web site to be helpful.


Who can import goods into the USA?

Any person may import goods into the United States for business or personal use.

An import license or permit is not needed to import into the US.  If you do not have an import license you may use your IRS business number or your social security number to fill out customs forms.



What items need to go through Customs?

All Items imported into the US must clear Customs before they are allowed to enter the country.


There are two types of entries of products into the US, formal and informal. 



Shipments that do not exceed $2000 in value, whether commercial or noncommercial will usually be able to enter the US as an informal entry.

Note* exceptions to this rules that effect some of the products on this site.

Textiles, footwear, handbags, and custom plastics sold on the site need formal entry for any orders over $250.


In an informal entry a customs officer will assess duties and then release the package to either a cargo company or postal service for delivery.  When the package is delivered or picked up the purchaser will need to pay any duties charged by Customs. 



A formal entry is required for any shipment exceeding $2000 in value. Formal entry is also required, regardless of value, for commercial shipments of textiles.  If formal entry is required on a shipment, the shipment is held at the Customs until all the necessary paperwork and requirements are fulfilled for the shipment.


There are three ways that art-export suggests for formal entries.

  1. Door to door shipping can be calculated by art-export. In this method the cost of a customs broker and transportation from the port of entry to your door is figured. The purchaser must still pay the duties assessed by Customs at the time the shipment is delivered.
  2. Hire a Customs broker in your area and then forward the information to our office.  Once the broker has been hired you will need to send us their information so that we will be able to contact them regarding you shipment methods, date and time.  When your shipment arrives the broker will arrange for the clearing of your goods and delivery to you. Note* Customs brokers will charge your for their work as well as for the duties imposed on your goods.
  3. Personally go to the port of entry and clear the goods yourself.  If you interested in clearing you own items you will need to understand importing in great detail.  You will find the US Customs service web site to be of great help the URL is: The Customs service also has a new computerizes system to help in clearing and paying duties on imported items.  The Automated Broker Interface (ABI) is an integral part of American Customs Service that permits qualified participants to file import data electronically with Customs. ABI is a voluntary program available to brokers, importers, carriers, port authorities, and independent service centers. Currently, over 96% of all entries are filed through ABI.  For more information on the ABI:

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FORM ART-EXPORT insures that all shipment have the fallowing paperwork and requirements fulfilled to help expedite the importing process.

Art-export invoice
Cost of the goods
Cost of packing
Sellers Name and Address
Detailed description of all items
Quantity of each item being sent
Purchase price in US dollars
    Weight of the items

Customs Declaration Form
Packing list
Appropriate marking


All items exported by are marked with Indonesia as their point of manufacturer unless exempt under one of the fallowing.

The item is valued under  $5 and is to be imported into the US without formal import.

The items are to be delivered to the end user.

Exempt Items
- Artificial Flowers
- Art, Articles classified under subheadings 9810.00.15, 9810.00.25,            9810.00.40 and 9810.00.45, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United             States.
- Flooring: not further manufactured than planed, tongued and grooved.
- Paper, stock.

All Kris knives and swords though classified as art are marked by, cast-in-mold lettering, etching (acid or electrolytic), engraving, or by means of metal plates which bear the prescribed    marking and which are securely attached to the article in a conspicuous place by welding, screws, or rivets.

Textiles have special requirements briefly described below. 


Depending on the quantity of textiles exported there will be a 3-15% duty assessed on the cost of the order to be paid to the Indonesian Customs service. 

Textiles imports into the US must also comply with Quotas, Labeling and other mandatory export procedures.  Export of textiles in volumes over $250 will be charged an additional handling fee to cover the expense of the additional exporting requirements.  This handling fee is figured on a per order basis.

Textile Products. All textile fiber products imported into the United States shall be stamped, tagged, labeled, or otherwise marked with the following information as required by the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, unless exempted from marking under Section 12 of the Act:


The cost of marking textiles is not include in the prices on the site. 
The generic names and percentages by weight of the constituent fibers present in the textile fiber product, exclusive of permissive ornamentation, in amounts of more than five percent, in order of predominance by weight, with any percentage of fiber or fibers required to be designated as "other fiber" or "other fibers" appearing last. Fibers         present in amounts of five percent or less must be designated as "other fibers."

The name of the manufacturer

The name of the country where processed or manufactured.

In order to enforce the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act, a commercial invoice covering a shipment of textile fiber products exceeding $500 in value and subject to the labeling requirements of the Act is required to show the information noted in Chapter 10, in addition to that ordinarily required on the invoices.

In addition to labeling requirements, the importation of textiles and textile products may, pursuant to Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, be subject to quota, visa or export-license requirements and additional entry requirements including declarations identifying the fabricated components.


Fur Marking.

Any article of wearing apparel imported into the United States and made in whole or in part of fur or used fur, with the exception of articles made of new fur of which the cost or manufacturer's selling price does not exceed $7, shall be tagged, labeled, or otherwise clearly marked to show the following information as required by the Fur Products Labeling Act:

The name of the manufacturer or person introducing the product in commerce in the United States; i.e., importer. If the importer has a registered identification number, that number may be used instead of the individual's name.

The name or names of the animal or animals that produced the fur as set forth in the Fur Products Name Guide and as determined under the rules and regulations. That the fur product contains used or damaged fur where such is the fact. That the fur product is bleached, dyed, or otherwise artificially colored when such is the fact. That the fur product is composed in whole or in substantial part of paws, tails, bellies, or waste fur when such is the fact. The name of the country of origin of any imported furs contained in a fur product.

For the purpose of enforcing the Fur Products Labeling Act, a commercial invoice covering a shipment of furs or fur products exceeding $500 in value is required to show the information noted in Chapter 10.

The provisions of the Fur Products Labeling Act apply to fur and fur products in the United States as well as to imported furs and fur products. Regulations and pamphlets containing the text of the Fur Products Labeling Act may be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580.

Regulations and pamphlets containing the text of the Textile Fiber Products     Identification Act may be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC 20580.


The below link will take you to an interactive database that will enable you to get an approximate idea of the duty rate for a particular product. Please be aware that the duty rate you request is only as good as the information you provide. The actual duty rate of the item you import may not be what you think it should be as a result of your research. Customs makes the final determination of what the correct rate of duty is, not the importer.



Additional information

Additional information may be obtained from the ports of entry listed below, or you may consult your telephone directory for a Customs port closer to you, as there are 300 ports of entry in the United States, its territories and possessions. The listing will be found under U.S. Government, Treasury Department.



      605 W. Fourth Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501



      700 Doug Davis Dr., Atlanta, GA 30354



      200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202


      Baton Rouge

      5353 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA 70809



      9901 Pacific Highway, Blaine, WA 98230



      10 Causeway St., Boston, MA 02222-1059



      111 W. Huron St., Buffalo, NY 14202-2378



      1 Main Street, Calais, ME 04619



      P.O. Box 632, Calexico, CA 02231



      198 W. Service Road, Champlain, NY 12919



      200 E. Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401



      1901-K Cross Beam Dr., Charlotte, NC 28217


      Charlotte Amalie

      Main Post Ofc-Sugar Est., St. Thomas, VI 00801



      610 S. Canal Street, Chicago, IL 60607



      Church St. PO Box 249, St Croix, VI 00820



      6747 Engle Rd., Middleburg Hgts, OH 44130


      Dallas/Ft. Worth

      PO Box 619050, DFW Airport, TX 75621



      4735 Oakland St., Denver, CO 80239


      Derby Line

      Interstate 91, Derby Line, VT 05830



      477 Michigan Ave., Detroit, MI 48226



      1st St. & Pan American Ave., Douglas AZ 85607



      515 W. 1st St., Duluth, MN 55820-1390


      El Paso

      9400 Viscount, Suite 104, El Paso, TX 79925


      Grand Rapids

      Kent City Airport, Grand Rapids, MI 49512


      Great Falls

      300 2nd Ave South, Great Falls, MT 59404



      150-A W. Phillips Rd., Greer, SC 29650



      Harrisburg Airport #135, Middletown, PA 17507



      135 High St., Hartford, CT 06103


      Highgate Springs

      RR #2 Box 170, Swanton, VT 05488



      335 Merchant St., Honolulu, HI 96813



      RR #3 Box 5300, Houlton, ME 04730



      2350 N. Sam Houston East, Houston, TX 77032



      2831 Talleyrand Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32206


      Kansas City

      2701 Rockcreek Pkwy, N. Kansas City, MO 64116



      PO Box 3130, Laredo, TX 78044


      Los Angeles

      300 S. Ferry St., Terminal Island, CA 90731


      Los Angeles Airport Area

      300 S. Ferry St., Terminal Island, CA 90731


      LA/Long Beach Seaport Area

      300 S. Ferry St., Terminal Island, CA 90731



      601 W. Broadway, Louisville, KY 40202


      Miami Airport

      PO Box 523215, Miami, FL 35152



      PO Box 37260, Milwaukee, WI 53237-0260



      110 S. 4th St., Minneapolis, MN 55401



      150 N. Royal St., Mobile, AL 36602



      939 Airport Service Rd., Nashville, TN 37277


      New Orleans

      423 Canal St., Ste 245, New Orleans, LA 70130


      New York

      6 World Trade Ctr., New York, NY 10048


      New York-JFK Area

      Building #77, Jamaica, NY 11430


      New York - NY/Newark Area

      Rt 1&9 S., Hemisphere Ctr., Newark, NJ 07114




      9 N. Grand Ave., Nogales, AZ 85621



      200 Granby St., Norfolk, VA 23510



      127 N. Water St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669



      5390 Bear Road, Orlando, FL 32827



      Route 1, Box 130, Oroville, WA 98844



      112 W. Stutsman, #102, Pembina, ND 58271



      2nd & Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106



      1315 S. 27th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034


      Port Huron

      526 Water St., Port Huron, MI 48060


      Portland, ME

      312 Fore St., Portland, ME 04101


      Portland, OR

      511 NW Broadway, Ste 198, Portland, OR 97209




      49 Pavilion Ave., Providence, RI 02905



      120 Southcenter Ct., Morrisville, NC 27560



      4501 Williamsburg Rd., Richmond, VA 23231


      San Antonio

      9800 Airport Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78216


      San Diego

      610 W. Ash St., San Diego, CA 92101


      San Francisco

      33 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94126


      San Juan

      #1 La Puntilla, San Juan, PR 00901


      San Luis

      PO Box H, San Luis, AZ 85349


      Sault Ste Marie

      Intl Bridge Plaza, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783



      1 East Bay St., Savannah, GA 31401



      1000 2nd Ave., Seattle, WA 98104-1049


      Seattle Airport

      Sea-Tac Intl Airport, Seattle, WA 98158


      Seattle Waterfront

      3236 16th Ave., SW, Rm 2100, Seattle, WA 98134


      St. Albans

      PO Box 1490, St. Albans, VT 05478


      St. Louis

      4477 Woodson Rd., St. Louis, MO 63134



      4034 S. Service Rd., Syracuse, NY 13212



      2202 Port of Tacoma Rd., Tacoma, WA 98421



      1624 E. 7th Ave., #101, Tampa, FL 33605



      7150 S. Tucson Blvd., Tucson AZ 85706


      Washington, DC

      PO Box 17423, Washington, DC 20041



        1 Virginia Ave., Wilmington, NC 28401

NOTE: The information given here is general information given by the US Customs service.  In no way is liable for changes in the laws or import requirements of the US, that are not reflected on this web page. 



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