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Personal Household Goods Imports in the U.S


Personal Household Goods Imports in the U.S

Thinking about importing your personal household items from overseas back into the United States? ACCB Customs Broker can help safely navigate your shipment through U.S. Customs. According to the U.S. Customs law under Chapter 94, the citation allows duty free treatment for goods which are over 1 year of age which were located in your overseas residence during that time period or longer. The goods must also be not intended for sale or for any other person even-though they are located in your residence for that time period, and strictly for your own non commercial use.

Most of the common importations that fall under personal HHG in the U.S. are overseas residents moving back into the United States and overseas military service personnel coming back for duty or retirement from service.

Below are some of the basic documents and filings required for CBP.

Documents and Info Required for Household Goods

1. Manifest or Packing List which indicates all the goods being imported into the U.S.

2. Approximation or depreciated value of the goods on a separate document, or indicated on packing list.

3. Foreign address of residence of where the goods originated from.

Filings Required to CBP

1. ISF Filing (24 hours before loading of vessel)

2. Customs Entry Declaration (when goods are near arrival)

How should I proceed?

1. Arrange your goods to be shipped with an overseas shipping company or freight forwarder.

2. When shipper confirms the goods are arranged to ship, with ETD and ETA. Contact ACCB Customs Broker to start service on your shipment.

Importer's are also advised to check CBP's Restricted and Prohibited Items List to prior to shipping the goods. Any goods CBP's or other PGA's deem may pose a risk or harm to the U.S., your shipment may be held for exam or refusal at time of arrival. It is recommended to leave any restricted or prohibited items behind if possible to avoid any complications with your shipment upon arrival.

If you have any questions regarding the importation of personal household goods, feel free to give us a call or email to start customs broker service for your shipment. We are experienced in the clearance of personal household goods.

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