The US customs duty also known as tariff is the taxes that are imposed on goods while transporting through the international border. The basic purpose of this imposition of taxes is to protect the interest of the US economy, market, residents, employment and environment through controlling or regulating the inflow and outflow of goods especially the goods which are restricted or prohibited to bring into the country or to send out of the country. If you have an intention of sending your goods out or bringing your goods across the border to the US, you should be prepared to fulfil and pay all prescribed customs duty and perform all necessary procedure. You can take the help of independent customs brokerages or consult customs clearance consultants such as Clearit USA customs consulting in order to fulfil custom clearance procedures in the border.
Each type of goods come under specific duty rate that is determined by several factors such as place or country of origin or processing and what is the goods. You need to follow the procedure by declaring all information about your goods which you wish to bring into your country or send out of your country. For example, if you altered some of your goods while you were in other countries as well as you received some gifts in other countries, you need to declare about those goods while entering into the US at the border.
However, In the case of American goods which you took along with you while getting out of America and brought back when coming into America is also called AGR or American Goods Returned, need not be declared. But you must prove that those goods fall under AGR category and in the case, you are not capable of proving, you will have to pay the customs duty.
The customs duty is a certain amount of percentage of the price of the goods and determined by the total value of the goods that were paid during the purchase in other countries. The quality or weight or size of the goods are not counted while determining the customs duty at the border. The duty-free shop goods which are sold in a duty-free shop are duty-free only in the countries where it is sold or located. For example, if you bought some beverages in the duty-free shop in New York and took them along with you to Canada, and brought them back while returning to the US, you will have to pay the customs duty for the beverages.