Import Services

There are a few basic guidelines when importing from China, including:

  • Dealing with tariffs and restrictions
  • Sourcing goods
  • Paying for goods
  • Arranging shipping
  • Finalizing delivery
  • Ensuring products meet U.S. guidelines

Understanding the basic concepts associated with how to import from China can help make the import process hassle-free. Our guidelines below can help you learn the process, but getting in touch with one of our licensed customs brokers can make the process even simpler. We’ll provide you with the specific help you need when importing from China

2020 saw importing from China become volatile. Global health concerns seriously impacted trade with China, and this created a burden for many seeking to import goods. However, imports from China are still trickling into the U.S.and there are still opportunities for importers.

Some of the most in-demand goods come from China. Many international merchants are seeking to import ventilatorsimport personal protective equipment, import surgical gloves and intensive care beds and more. We help import all products, including importing isopropyl alcohol, that protect people from illness during the global pandemic.

To keep trade flowing from China to the U.S. some tariffs and regulations have been lifted. This greases the wheels of commerce during times of economic uncertainty. Items you can import from China that are exempt from tariffs include:

  • Chest coolers
  • Upright freezers
  • Plastic drinking straws
  • N95 respirators and face masks
  • Anesthesia masks

With so many goods exempt from tariffs and surging demand for imported goods, many importers are seizing the opportunity. 

If you need help navigating the uncertainty of importing face masks or any other critical need product during this time, our experienced team at USA Customs Clearance, Powered by AFC International, can provide the guidance and assistance you need. With our team of licensed customs brokers and customs clearance consultants, we can answer any questions you may have about the process. 

Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, the Trump administration had been issuing a series of high tariffs on Chinese goods imported into the U.S. Known as the Section 301 tariffs, these were meant to, among other things, reduce the trade deficit between the two nations, encourage domestic manufacturing, and incentivize the Chinese government to respect U.S. companies’ intellectual properties. A rather unsavory consequence of that decision, however, was the escalating trade war that it sparked between China and the U.S. Ultimately, these tariffs have had a massive impact on the import tax of products from China to the U.S. in 2020.

Over time, the U.S. released 4 lists of goods that would be subject to higher tariffs until further notice, which encompass almost every item that can be imported. The tariff rates applied to those goods also increased over time in retaliation to China imposing its own tariffs on U.S. goods. List 4 was going to have two parts, but the second half of the list was called off as a result of positive advancements to the trade discussions between the two nations.

Also in light of the trade discussions, the U.S. has published several lists of goods that were excluded from those tariffs after some consideration. You can also review section 301 tariff exclusions. Importers that imported goods that were excluded can file for a retroactive drawback claim to get refunded for the taxes they may have already paid on the import. 

There’s a lot more to know about the section 301 tariffs in China. For more information, make sure you check out our article on the topic: Section 301 Tariffs: A Comprehensive Guide. If you have questions about whether your goods are subject to these increased tariffs, then reach out to us. We can provide information on exactly which HTS codes are affected by these rules.