Importing into the U.S.A.
When importing goods into the United States a customs entry is required in order for goods to be released for delivery. The importer or their licensed customs broker will file the entry with U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection that gives them detailed information about the goods that are being imported. It is the importer’s responsibility, with the help of their Customs Broker to ensure that their freight is classified correctly.
There are certain types of shipments that are regulated by other agencies other than the Customs and Border Patrol. For example, Foodstuffs will need entry and release from the FDA to obtain a customs clearance with additional date being required for release. It is always best to have a licensed customs broker handle special needs shipments to ensure the smoothest transaction possible.