Importing clothing into the United States- duties
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Asked by: justben-ga
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21 Mar 2005 00:12 PST
Expires: 20 Apr 2005 01:12 PDT
Question ID: 497886
I am interested in exporting clothing from Thailand to the United States. I am interested in knowing aprox. what the duties are that need to be paid in the U.S. I will be exporting clothing for men, women, and children (including toddlers and babies). The clothing will be either 100 percent cotton, 100 percent polyester, or a mix of 70/30 or 80/20 (70 or 80 percent being cotton). For men and women I will be exporting mostly tops (shirts, blouses, t-shirts with embroidery, sweat shirts, etc.) as well as some shorts (active wear). For children, toddlers and babies it will be tops, shorts, skirts, pants, baby sets (body suit, booties, cap), and sets of tops and bottoms (shirt and shorts for example) mostly. I need a clear, concise, and easy to understand, chart or table, that has the aprox. duty for each of these items/catagories.
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Re: Importing clothing into the United States- duties
From: thinkthis-ga on 21 Mar 2005 02:22 PST
http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/xp/cgov/import/duty_rates/determining.xml The Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) provides duty rates for virtually every item that exists. The HTS is a reference manual that is the size of an unabridged dictionary. Experts spend years learning how to properly classify an item in order to determine its correct duty rate. For instance, you might want to know the rate of duty of a wool suit. A classification specialist will need to know, does it have darts? Did the wool come from Israel or another country that qualifies for duty-free treatment for certain of its products, where was the suit assembled, does it have any synthetic fibers in the lining.... The U.S. International Trade Commission - Tariff Database link, located to your right under "on the web" will take you to an interactive data base 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. CBP makes the final determination of what the correct rate of duty is, not the importer. For very specific duty information on a particular item you may request a Binding Ruling. You may also receive guidance by calling your local CBP port. For example, men's and boy's shirts of cotton is classification 6502.20.20, a 20% tariff if importing from a "most favored nation" trade partner. That is, if you paid US$1,000 for your lot of 5,000 Thai cotton shirts, your import tariff would be $200. There are quotas for some textiles. That is, U.S. Customs limits the total amount of a certain textile that can be imported, presumably to protect U.S. manufacturers. You can read more about quotas from the U.S. Customs website. You can get more information on importing and tariffs from the U.S. Customs website. http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/xp/cgov/import/ Harmonized Tariff Schedule http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index.htm http://www.customs.ustreas.gov/xp/cgov/import/duty_rates/ It is always the importer's responsibility to perform due diligence to classify and pay import tariffs, the risk is involuntary seizure of imported goods at the port of entry. It would be prudent to consult an importing firm or a frieght forwarder until you are experienced enough to handle it yourself.
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