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Customs Procedure for Moving Household Goods in to USA
Used household goods are admitted duty free if they have been in the member's possession for one year prior to importation to the U.S.A. Items purchased abroad within the last one year are considered dutiable. 
U.S. Customs will not allow clearance of household goods prior to member's arrival date.

Documents Required
1. Completed and signed US Customs and Border Protection Form CBP 3299 and Supplemental. 
2. Signed U.S. Customs Power of Attorney. 
3. Inventory in English. 
4. Photocopies of passport photo page. 
5. Copies of original ocean bill of lading or air waybill. 
6. Photocopy of Visa 
Additional Requirements for Non-residents & People Immigrating 
1. Passport Number 
2. Visa Number 
3. Type of Visa (employment Visa, Student Visa; or other) 
4. Country of Issue 
5. Date of Issue 
6. Date of Expiry 
7. I-94 Form (If applicable) 

Document Specification
Air and Ocean Bills of Lading for shipments entering the United States should be addressed to the shipper, not the Destination Agent. 
In the Shippers box: full name, address, city and country of shipper. 
In the send box: full name, address, city and state (2 letter code) with postal code of the shipper (if new home/delivery address is not available then use Employer's address or alternate contact address) 
Notify Party: Name of destination Agent, address, city, state, postal code, telephone and fax number 
Please advise your Export/Traffic Department and all appropriate staff of this important change in order to avoid delays and additional charges in clearing imports.
Enforcement of this new regulation will probably differ in the various U.S. ports of entry. Please contact your destination agent if you need additional information.

The shipping of alcoholic beverages is highly discouraged. When included in a household goods shipment the transferee must provide authorities (Food and Drug Administration) advance notice by completing a Prior Notice. The following information is needed:
1. Number of Bottles/Cans Type 
2. Common Name 
3. Manufacturer & Address 
4. Volume per Bottle/Can 
5. Vintage of Wine 
6. Alcohol Content 
7. Value Per Bottle

Documentation required for each item in an unaccompanied shipment of household goods is as follows:

1. Complete FDA product code
2. Common or usual market name
3. Estimated quantity and breakdown of containers and sizes
4. Lot or code numbers may be required
5. For food no longer in it's natural state-the name of the grower, if known
6. FDA country of production
7. Country from which the article is being shipped
8. Anticipated arrival information-port, date and time of arrival
9. Name and address of importer
10. Name and address of owner (if different)
11. Name and address of ultimate consignee
Note: the above is the owner's responsibility
12. Mode of transportation
13. Carrier
Planned shipment information to include air waybill number, bill of lading number, voyage or flight number, rail car number, road trip number.

Vehicles are subject to duty and state taxes unless they were previously exported from the U.S. provided that the transferee has proof of exportation and proof auto was originally manufactured and sold in the U.S. Vehicles being imported must conform to U.S. safety and emissions regulations although vehicles over 25 years old may be excluded from the regulations. All autos must undergo testing for compliance. Vehicles, which do not pass emissions testing, will be taken to approve sites for modifications at the member's expense. The cost to have the car brought up to standards after importation is exorbitant and additionally there will be bond fees or cash deposit. 
Please check with your MOVERWORLDWIDE agent for exact regulations before sending a particular automobile to t he United States. 
Antiques 100 years old or older can be imported duty free if the transferee has a certificate of antiquity in English as proof for Customs. 

Documents required
list - Statement signed by importer stating either, "For personal use - not for resale," or "For resale." 
Supplier's invoice showing description, value and circa date. 
Detailed packing Must be able to match items on invoice with packing list.

Prohibited Items
The shipping of alcoholic beverages is highly discouraged. When included in a household goods shipment the transferee must provide authorities (Food and Drug Administration) advance notice by completing a Prior Notice. The following information is needed:
Number of Bottles/Cans Type, Common Name, Manufacturer & Address, Volume per Bottle/Can, Vintage of Wine, Alcohol Content, Value Per Bottle 
Member bringing in firearms previously exported must have proof of purchase and export from the U.S. If not, do not include firearms in the shipment, as it will delay the entire shipment. A permit obtained 6 weeks in advance is required from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 
Inherited Goods 
A copy of the death certificate must be provided. 
Inventory. Value of each item. 

Live Animals and Plants
Dogs and cats are not required to stay in quarantine when they enter the US except for Hawaii where there is a six month quarantine requirement. All pets must have a valid health certificate from a veterinary surgeon and have proof of vaccination against rabies. Some birds are required to stay in quarantine so check with your Moverworldwide agent in advance. Animals should be declared as "pets" having no commercial value.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general guidance and all users are allowed to reproduce this information. cannot however take responsibility for any errors, additions and omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest customs office or the moving company you select for your move to USA for full and current information prior to importation/relocation.

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