The procedures for US import business are complex, and the customs clearance method and cost depend on many factors, including the type of goods, whether the shipper is willing to pay US import tariffs and other fees, etc. Usually, if the shipper bears these costs, the US customs clearance agent will require them to sign a Power of Attorney (POA) before shipment, which is similar to the customs declaration power of attorney we need for customs clearance in China. Usually, customs clearance methods can be divided into two types:
Customs clearance in the name of the US consignee: This method requires the US consignee to provide a POA to the US agent of the freight forwarder and requires a bond from the US consignee.
Customs clearance in the name of the shipper: This method requires the shipper to provide the POA to the freight forwarder at the port of origin, and then the freight forwarder will transfer the POA to the destination port agent. The US agent will assist the shipper in obtaining the importer's customs registration number in the United States and require the shipper to purchase a bond.
Regardless of the method used, the US consignee's Tax ID (also known as IRS No.) is required for customs clearance. In addition, goods without bond or tax number cannot be cleared in the United States.