5 Tips You Should Know about Customs Requirements When Moving to USA

This customs requirements guide is not official and all these regulations are subject to change without notice (contact us for further information).

If you ever need to send your personal belongings and household effects to the USA, you must consider these crucial aspects to avoid issues with US customs. Regardless of whether you are shipping your goods by ocean freight or by air freight, you must provide your customs broker the following documentation in order to comply with customs regulations:

  • Power of attorney to customs broker
  • ISF permission form
  • Copy of passport
  • CBP 3299 declaration for free entry of unaccompanied articles
  • Treasury Department supplemental declaration
  • Inventory list in English and valued in USD
  • Bill of Lading (BoL or B/L)

Used household goods are admitted duty free if they have been in member’s possession for at least 1 year prior to importation. In order to avoid paying duty on these items, you must demonstrate they are not intended for any other person or for sale. In order for you to import them free of duties, you should not wait longer than 10 years after the importer’s last arrival in the US from the country the goods were used in.

POWER OF ATTORNEY

This form empowers the destination agent to act for you as your customs broker and to make statements and customs entries on your behalf (see also note at bottom of section on completing Customs form 3299).

ISF PERMISSION FORM

Importer Security Filling (ISF) or 10+2 is a form your customs broker or your freight forwarder has to fill out 24h before the vessel’s departure and transmit electronically to US customs. It includes 10 relevant items:

  • Manufacturer
  • Seller
  • Container location
  • Consolidator or carrier
  • Buyer
  • Ship to
  • Importer record number
  • Consignee record number
  • Country of origin
  • Commodity harmonized tariff

CBP 3299, DECLARATION FOR FREE ENTRY OF UNACCOMPANIED ARTICLES

You can download it here. This form is your declaration requesting free entry of your personal effects.

TREASURY DEPARTMENTS SUPPLEMENTAL DECLARATION

On this form, you give details of your passport number, Social security number (if applicable) and brief details of your reason for moving to the United States.

INVENTORY LIST IN ENGLISH AND VALUED IN USD

It is required to fill a packing list including all the items and their value in order that customs broker can declare them to customs.
BILL OF LADING (BOL OR B/L)

The Bill of Lading is the ocean freight transportation document issued by the carrier or NVOCC who transports the goods. It details a shipment of goods, gives title to the goods, and requires the carrier to deliver the merchandise to the appropriate party at destination.

If you need further information and you want to quote it on-line just visit www.icontainers.com or contact us at infousa@icontainers.com.

Shipments from Spain can be quoted door to door.

USEFUL LINKS

Moving to the U.S. – Timeframe allotted to move household and personal effects to the U.S.
Moving back to the U.S. – Personal effects
Moving to the U.S. – Importing or shipping car / vehicle with personal or household effects packed inside
Moving back to the U.S. – Sending household effects
Moving to the U.S. – Importing personal and household effects, Relative or friend clearing goods on your behalf

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