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What are the Fees for Importing from China to the USA

Importing goods from China into the United States can leave importers scratching their heads, wondering how much they will cost. Use this guide to help you avoid any nasty surprises when it comes to import duties and taxes on products from China. Learn about all the fees involved and how to calculate how much you’ll need to pay.

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What are the costs involved in importing from China to USA?

Whether you are considering a formal (goods worth more than $2,500) or informal (goods worth less than $2,500) entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is sure to charge some fees. Listed below are some of the fees you may need to pay.

Import tariffs

This will account for the largest portion of import taxes. You will pay import duties on items valued over $799. Duty rates can be specific, such as charging 19.8 cents per liter, or they can be calculated based on the estimated value of the goods, such as charging 3.2% of $7,000 (the value of the goods). This will depend on the HS code of the goods. There are also additional but relatively minor import taxes and fees, which we discuss below.

federal excise tax

This special tax is levied on specific items such as tobacco and alcohol. If these items are not included in your shipment, you will not be asked to pay this fee. Import duties from China to the United States are usually the general import duties plus additional duties. Below are other import charges you will need to bear.

Product processing fee

This is a royalty. It works on almost all imported products. The Merchandising Processing Fee (MPF) is an unofficial fixed amount for entries and can be $2.00, $6.00, or $9.00 per shipment. For formal customs declaration, the MPF is calculated at 0.3464% of the declared value of the goods, ranging from a minimum of US$27.20 to a maximum of US$528.33.

Harbor Maintenance Fee

This fee only applies to goods shipped by ocean freight and not by air. The Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF) charges 0.125% of the total value of the goods.

Here’s a table showing the different fees applicable for different types of imports. Note this is for general cargo, not including particular items such as alcohol or tobacco.

Value of GoodsShipping MethodImport Tax
< US$ 800Sea FreightMPF (informal entry) + HMF
< US$ 800Air FreightMPF (informal entry)
US$ 800 – US$ 2,500Sea FreightImport Duty + MPF (informal entry) + HMF
US$ 800 – US$ 2,500Air FreightImport Duty + MPF (informal entry)
> – US$ 2,500Sea FreightImport Duty + MPF (informal entry) + HMF
> – US$ 2,500Air FreightImport Duty + MPF (informal entry)

Transportation costs:

Shipping charges are the cost to ship items from China to the USA. This can include sea, air or ground freight, depending on the shipping method and volumetric weight of the goods. You can read this post:Cost of Shipping From China to USA

20 FT & 40 FT Container Shipping Cost From China To USA

Shipping by sea and air from China

Customs clearance fees:

In order to ensure that the goods enter the United States legally, you need to clear customs. This may involve customs clearance agency fees, customs declaration fees and other related fees.

insurance fee:

To protect your goods from loss or damage in transit, you may want to consider purchasing logistics insurance. This is an additional cost but provides extra security for your shipment.

Goods delivery fee:

If the shipment requires delivery from a U.S. port or warehouse to its final destination, you may be required to pay additional shipping charges.

Storage fee:

If your items need to be stored in a U.S. warehouse for a period of time, you may need to pay storage fees. This depends on the storage time and warehouse selection.

Please note that these fees may vary depending on the situation, so when conducting import operations it is recommended to work with Chinese freight forwarder Basenton Logistics to ensure that you understand and are prepared for all relevant fees.

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