Shipping, Taxes & Customs Guide: United States


This is included in the Shipping, Taxes & Customs (USA) Guide:

Shipping Procedures Explained: We give you the “what” before we show you the “how”. Understand what Incoterms mean for you, the difference between FCL and LCL, container volumes, freight documents, packaging, insurance and much more. The Shipping Guide provides a quick and clear explanation of what you need to know about shipping products from China.

Minimize Shipping Costs: Freight costs are one of the main challenges to businesses importing from China. You can save hundreds of Dollars by understanding how shipping costs are broken down. We show you practical, tested methods to keep freight costs as low as possible.

The Inside Story On Licenses, Permits & Shipping Restrictions: Do you understand all the regulations governing wooden packaging, shipping batteries and mandatory import licenses? If not, that’s ok. We clarify all the relevant import licences, permits and restrictions so that your business stays on the right side of shipping governance.

Understanding Import Duties, Taxes & Fees: When you import products from Asia your goods are liable for import duties as well as taxes and other charges. We show you the easiest way of calculating and paying what import duties taxes and fees you’re liable for so you can ensure your shipments are quick and compliant.

Step-By-Step Guide: The shipping and customs process is complicated and confusing. This type of complication means time away from doing what you do best. Our step-by-step guide makes the shipping process clear and easy. We break everything down into a series of simple, manageable tasks, explaining exactly what you need to do at every stage. We show you what you need to do before, during and after your cargo is shipped, freeing you up to focus on your business.

How to Ship Product Samples Via Air Freight: Even though most of your cargo will be shipped by sea, Air Freight is still a valuable resource for high value consignments like product samples and documents. We explain how and when you can benefit from Air Freight by getting small but vital shipments quickly.

Finding Freight Forwarder And Avoiding Scams: The Shipping Buyer’s Guide includes contact details for a list of recommended freight forwarders. These are trustworthy companies that will help you get your products where they need to be. We also give you some advice that will help you avoid unqualified freight forwarders and common shipping scams.

Content Overview

2 x Video Walkthroughs

26 x Tutorials


I am not based in the European Union or the United States. Can I still make use of this guide?

Yes. While EU and US taxes don’t apply in other countries, the shipping and customs processes are universal, and can be applied in essentially any market, such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore and Hong Kong.

How is this Buyer’s Guide delivered?

The content is available directly on Chinaimportal.com. After you have placed your order, you can login using the username and password selected in the checkout.