Foreign Trade Zones
Seafood and Perishables
U.S. Customs Mission
Gene Mack's FAQs
All Importers Read This
About Gene Mack
Import Export Service
110 E. Wilshire Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
E-Mail Los Angeles
Faster Customs Clearance for the Importer
- Include all information required on your Customs invoices.
- Prepare your invoices carefully. Type them clearly. Allow sufficient space between lines. Keep the data within each column.
- Make sure that your invoices contain the information that would be shown on a well-prepared packing list.
- Mark and number each package so it can be identified with the corresponding marks and numbers appearing on your invoice.
- Show a detailed description on your invoice of each item of merchandise contained in each individual package.
- Mark your goods legibly and conspicuously with the country of origin unless they are specifically exempted from country-of-origin marking requirements, and with such other marking as is required by the marking laws of the United States. Exemptions and general marking requirements are detailed in Chapters 29 and 30.
- Comply with the provisions of any special laws of the United States that may apply to your goods, such as laws relating to food, drugs, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, radioactive materials, and others. (See Chapters 33, 34 and 35.)
- Observe the instructions closely with respect to invoicing, packaging, marking, labeling, etc., sent to you by your customer in the United States. He or she has probably made a careful check of the requirements that will have to be met when your merchandise arrives.
- Work with U.S. Customs to develop packing standards for your commodities.
- Establish sound security procedures at your facility and while transporting your goods for shipment. Do not give narcotics smugglers the opportunity to introduce narcotics into your shipment.
- Consider shipping on a carrier participating in the Automated Manifest System.
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