Massachusetts Export Center


Importing Publications

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection's publications on importing are available in PDF* format.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security. CBP combined the inspectional workforces and broad border authorities of U.S. Customs, U.S. Immigration, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the entire U.S. Border Patrol.

Importing into the U.S. explains process of importing goods into the U.S., including informed compliance, invoices, duty assessments, classification and value, marking, fraud and foreign trade zones.

U.S. Import Requirements explains import requirements for a person interested in establishing an importing business or a person who may be importing something for personal use only - not for resale.

   Importing into the U.S. (569 KB)
   U.S. Import Requirements  (163 KB)


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