Goods that are imported are released based on the filing of the entry and/or entry summary with Customs but before Customs may have determined whether or not the goods are admissible into the U.S. "Release" refers to Customs relinquishing physical control over the goods. However, Customs will not release the goods without evidence of an entry bond being filed. The bond offers protection to Customs in that the importer guarantees return of the goods to Customs custody if requested. Customs will order the return of goods for 1) failure to[...]
As discussed in the last marking post the requirements for marking must be: 1. in a conspicuous place2. legible3. permanent 4. English name as to the country of originLet us explain these even further shall we.Legible and ConspicuousThe person who ends up with the product the "Ultimate Purchaser," must be able to find the marking easily without straining him or her self. Some uses I have seen include, tags and stickers depending on the type of good. What size font should I use? Depends on the type of product. For[...]
Generally, every imported or exported good is subject to marking regulations from at least one of the federal agencies. Marking requirements are enforced by physical inspection of the goods and also after release of the goods via a notice of redelivery and marking (CF4647). If Customs finds that marking is incorrect, they will delay the release of the goods until the marking is corrected. Incorrect markings can result in delays and high expenses for remarking goods or may result in a liquidated damages claim against the importer for failing to[...]
A quick explanation of substantial transformation:As mentioned in the earlier post - Country of Origin - substantial transformation is the degree to which processing of an article leads to a new article, with a different name, character, and use. In addition, Customs uses a second method known as the “tariff shift” i.e. change in tariff classification, which is also used to determine substantial transformation. As of now, there are no uniform rules that settle country of origin questions. As a result, substantial transformation can be highly subjective and tend to[...]
What is the "Country of Origin?" Generally, the country of origin refers to the country where the product was grown, produced, or manufactured. This is easily applied when the product is produced in one country using domestic materials. For example, a bicycle that is manufactured in India using components all made in India has the country of origin "Made in India." However, today it is unrealistic to think that all materials, components, and labor all stem from the same country. Using the bicycle example, the wheels may be from USA,[...]
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