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Navigating the rules and regulations around Shipping from the UK to the USA can seem complicated. It’s vital to remember that these guidelines are in place for good reason. They ensure the safety and security of Goods being shipped and prevent disease and invasive species finding their way into the USA. 

If you’re expanding your International Shipping to the USA and are unsure of the rules, here’s all you need to know in order to remain compliant – at KMB Shipping Group we will guide you every step of the way.


Customs Regulations


The first and most important rule when Shipping from the UK to the USA is to comply with Customs Regulations. Any shipments entering the USA (by Air Freight or Sea Freight) must pass through US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and receive clearance for entry. This process involves a review of the shipment’s paperwork, which must include:

  • Bill of Lading
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List

The checks also involve inspection of the Goods to make sure they comply with all US Laws and Regulations. Shipments must have their Country of Origin clearly marked, along with the consignee’s name and address. If your shipments don’t comply with these Customs Regulations, there may be delays — the Goods could even be rejected completely.


Tariffs & Duties


Lots of Goods imported into the US (including from the UK) are subject to tariffs and duties. The fees are based on the value of the Goods being shipped and are designed to protect domestic industries and generate revenue for the US Government.

The amount due will vary depending on the type of Goods being shipped. It could range from a fraction of the value of the Goods to over 100%. If you’re considering International Shipping to the US, it’s important to be aware of these fees and to factor them into your costs.


Phytosanitary Regulations


If you’re planning on shipping any plants, plant products, or soil to the USA, they need to comply with phytosanitary regulations. These are in place to prevent the spread of plant pests and diseases. Your Goods will also need to be inspected by officials from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) upon arrival in the States.

To comply with the US phytosanitary regulations, your shipments will need to be sent along with a phytosanitary certificate issued by the relevant authorities in the UK. Failure to comply might lead to your shipment being rejected or even destroyed.


Prohibited & Restricted Items


It’s also important to be aware that the USA prohibits and restricts certain items. Examples include: 

  • Tobacco Products
  • Some Forms of Alcohol
  • Certain Fruits and Vegetables
  • Some Types of Meat
  • Pharmaceuticals

If you deal with any of these products, you’ll need to get further guidance on whether you can ship them to the USA and, if so, under what restrictions. Our experienced International Logistics team at KMB Shipping Group will be about to support you every step of the way.


International Shipping Support


Shipping from the UK to the USA involves some careful planning and consideration to ensure your Goods are accepted by US Authorities. If you don’t comply with US regulations, you run the risk of penalties, including fines and potential imprisonment. 

At KMB Shipping Group, we have years of experience in International Shipping and Freight Forwarding. Our accredited Custom Clearance Agents can support you in arranging all the correct paperwork to ensure your Goods arrive in their destination safely and your Business remains compliant.

For more information about our services, get in touch with KMB Shipping Group today.