One of the questions we get asked most is about how much importing a shipment into the US will cost, from beginning to end. Understandably, people want to know a ballpark figure so that they know what to expect from the importing process. The following is a table that hopefully can help you gauge what some of the common costs of the process will be, along with possible ranges for amounts if estimable:
Common Costs of Importing
|For most commodities, purchasing your product represents the majority of the importing cost.|
|Quality Inspection||$300 / day per inspector|
|Problems are much cheaper to fix before the goods have departed from your supplier’s facility, so quality inspections often pay for themselves.|
|Freight prices vary dramatically based on the size of your shipment, the mode of transport, the delivery terms, and the origin and destination. Take great care to understand what you are paying for whenever you book international freight.
|Customs requires wood products or wood packaging material to be fumigated against insects.|
|Purchase cargo insurance to protect against damages or theft in transit. Your freight carrier is probably not going to reimburse you for these problems, but your insurance provider will.
|U.S. Customs Bond, ISF Filing & Customs Clearance||Competitive plans available|
|If your ISF is not filed on time, you risk a penalty from $5,000 to $10,000. These costs vary by customs broker. Flexport’s customs clearance includes ISF and Customs Entry.|
|Arrival Agent Fees||Avg: $300 – $500|
|The arrival agent is the U.S. partner for your freight service provider.
|U.S. Customs exams||Varies|
|U.S. Customs may examine your goods at their discretion.
|Warehouse Fees||Avg: $50 – $150|
|If the warehouse fees were not included in your shipping arrangements, you will need to pay the warehouse for holding your goods before pick-up.
|Drayage & Trucking Fee||Varies|
|Be sure to schedule a drayage or trucking service to pick up your goods from the warehouse if you are not picking up the goods yourself. Get this organized well in advance of your shipment’s arrival to avoid costly delays.|
|U.S. Customs Duties and Fees||Varies|
|The Customs duties owed on a shipment will depend on the HS Code(s) (http://hts.usitc.gov/) of your products. There will also be two additional mandatory fees that are applied to every importer’s shipments:
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