The ongoing situation with Covid 19 may cause shipments to the USA to be delayed. This is due to flight disruptions and added customs / quarantine checks.
When sending items to the USA, a completed 3299 Declaration for Free Entry form is required by customs in order for your belongings to be cleared into the country - www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/assets/documents/2019-Nov/CBP%20Form%203299.pdf
You’ll also need to fill out a Treasury Supplemental Declaration and a Power of Attorney form, which gives Baggage Hub (and/or our agents) permission to clear your shipment through customs. Copies of all these forms will be supplied to you via your customer portal and must be completed and signed by hand (details must match passport). Scanned copies should be uploaded to your customer portal before collection.
It’s important that you (i.e. The person that’s booking the shipment) are in the USA before your shipment arrives. You will need to supply returning flight details on your Declaration for Free Entry form if you are making the booking before you travel.
You will also be required to upload a copy of your passport details page to your customer portal. If you do not have a US passport, you must also upload a copy of your visa.
Personal Effect shipments are eligible for duty exemption into the USA for US citizens or if you are moving there permanently with the relevant working / residents’ visa. If travelling to the US on an ESTA (tourist visa) you are able to send a shipment but you will not be exempt from taxes and duties. This may alsodelay clearance at customs.
All shipments of personal items must be accompanied by a detailed inventory list. This must be a detailed, itemised list. US customs will not accept general terms on inventory such as ‘household effects’ or ‘kitchen items’. All items need to be itemised in a comprehensive list so it is clear exactly what is being shipped.
Items can be sent to relatives in certain circumstances, but we do not recommend this as it may require a broker and will incur additional taxes and duties. Either way, you must be able to show that you are coming to the country to live by supplying the relevant flight and citizenship / visa details.
With certain couriers (such as TNT/FedEx) you will need to fill in additional forms if you are sending artwork.
For sea freight shipments, there may be inspection fees payable to the destination agent. This will only happen if the shipping container is selected for quarantine inspection. The inspection fee would be divided between all those that have a consignment in the container and split according to the size of each customer’s shipment.
PROHIBITED ITEMS – USA
At Baggage Hub, we supply a general list of Prohibited and Restricted items as standard, but there are specific rules and restrictions when sending items to USA which it’s important to be aware of.
Alcohol is prohibited via air but permissible by sea freight. However, we strongly recommend that you do not send alcohol at all as each state has different laws around the import of alcoholic substances, which can lead to additional paperwork and will also incur taxes and duties.
We also strongly advise against sending any food items. This can delay customs clearance and some items will also require pre-approval from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).
Please make sure you review the full prohibited items document here [ Restricted Items ]. Youwill be required to digitally sign this list within the customer portal to confirm youunderstand what else not to pack.
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