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Importing USA, FAQ

Frequently asked questions about customs brokerage and the importing to USA process.

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Basic Importing

  • Is Cleared and Delivered able to deliver my goods?
    Yes, we are a fully licensed freight forwarder that can pick up and deliver your goods on your behalf.
  • What is a customs broker and what do they do?
    Customs brokers are licensed to act as agents for commercial companies importing goods to the USA. Customs brokers provide release instructions to US Customs as well as other government departments to permit the flow of imported goods. Customs brokers classify the goods according to the current US Tariff to apply duties and taxes owing to US Customs. With the constantly changing rules and regulations, employing a customs broker makes good business sense.
  • Where does Cleared and Delivered operate?
    Cleared and delivered is licensed to clear goods anywhere within the continental United States. We are hooked up to the US Customs EDI program which enables remote customs entry to any port. We are able to handle all imports coming into the USA and deliver them to their final destination.
  • Do I need to have a license to import products?
    No, but you do need to use a licensed Customs broker. Cleared and Delivered is a licensed customs broker and freight forwarder who can easily clear your freight and deliver it to its ultimate destination.
  • I have never imported before, is it difficult?
    Yes and No, importing is difficult if you don't use a professional customs broker. Cleared and Delivered makes imports simple by streamlining the process into a few easy steps and doing all the work for you. Thus, people who use Cleared and Delivered find importing easy and affordable.


  • Must Surety Bonds always be used?
    Surety Bonds don't always have to be used. An alternative is for the bond principal to pledge cash or other United States obligations such as notes, bonds (other than U.S. savings bonds) and treasury bills. The bond form will then be changed to show the switch from a surety to a pledge of assets. If any of the examples above are pledged then the bond principal is entitled to the interest or discount. In addition, no interest is paid on pledged cash. One disadvantage to this is the CBP must hold the pledge until the bond is completed or canceled
  • Where are Customs bonds filed ?
    Single entry bonds should be filed in the port where the transaction is taking place.