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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the first steps I must take if I have never imported/exported before?

If you are new to importing, the large amount of information required can seem overwhelming and is scattered across a number of places.

By using World Nations Incorporated for all of your importing service, you can get every required solution from a single provider, making it easier for your company to manage. New importers often find most of their time is spent dealing with carriers, other government agencies, and the numerous logistics companies required to import your shipments.

World Nations Incorporated will manage all of these relationships for you, simplifying the process, and saving you valuable time and money.

How do I get permission to bring my goods into the United States?

To import to the United States, you must obtain clearance from US Customs.

Depending on the type of goods you are importing, you must also meet all other government agency requirements such as FDA requirements for food, EPA requirements for vehicle emissions, USDA requirements for agriculture, and the list goes on.

By hiring World Nations Incorporated to manage your shipments and clearance, we will ensure that all requirements are met and that your shipment gets cleared and delivered without delay. Most shipments require as little as 24-48 hours’ notice, but it is better if your shipments can be planned 1-2 weeks ahead of time to ensure minimal delays at the port.

I am just coming to the US temporarily (to attend conference, for example) do my goods need to clear US Customs?

If you are coming to the US on a temporary basis and are bringing personal effects, conference materials, exhibition goods, or commercial samples, World Nations Incorporated can assist you. In some cases, we are able to arrange for Temporary Importation under Bond (TIB) to help you avoid paying import and export duties. We will consult with you to determine the most cost effective way of bringing your goods into the US, clearing your personal effects, or importing goods temporarily.

How long do I have after my shipment arrives in the US to file the proper documents with US Customs?

From the time your shipment arrives in the US, you have 15 calendar days to file entry with customs. World Nations Incorporated will file your entries electronically with US Customs ensuring the fastest possible clearance.

What is a customs broker (also known as customhouse broker)?

A Customs Broker (also known as a customhouse broker or customs house broker) is licensed by Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and acts as an agent for importers and exporters of merchandise. A customs broker can also issue bonds on behalf of a surety for the client's payment of duties, taxes, and tariffs, and can file all necessary paperwork to obtain clearance into the United States. World Nations Incorporated can act as your customs broker and Domestic Agent, managing the clearance of your goods as well as the distribution, delivery, and coordinate international shipping of your freight.

How do I retain World Nations Incorporated as my customs broker?

In order to retain World Nations Incorporated, you must fill the Customs Power of Attorney authorizing World Nations Incorporated to act on your behalf in all customs business.

How do I get my shipment from the port to my final destination?

World Nations Incorporated can arrange for delivery from the port of arrival to the final destination anywhere in the United States. If you already have a carrier you prefer, we can inform them when your shipment has obtained Customs Entry and Clearance and is ready for pick up.

What information do you need about each shipment?

In general, we need a detailed description of the goods, the commercial invoice showing the sale of the goods, bill of lading or waybill from the carrier, and a packing slip and delivery Instructions, or Notice (if available). There are additional requirements for a number of goods (such as Phyto-sanitary Certificates for USDA perishables).

How should I package my shipments?

Full containers should be packaged as tightly as possible. Smaller shipments should be packaged in a way that will ensure the safe delivery of your goods. It is best to package, crate, or stack your goods on pallets to prevent damage. Cartons should be secured to the pallet with banding, shrink-wrap, stretch-wrap, or breakaway adhesive. Cartons should be stacked squarely with no overhang, and with a flat top surface. Each piece or package must be labeled.

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