Resources for importers

U.S. Department of Commerce  - The Commerce Department's mission is to help make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad. Comprised of 12 different agencies responsible for everything from weather forecasts to patent protection, the Commerce Department touches the lives of Americans every day. 

U.S. International Trade Commission - The mission of the U.S. International Trade Commission is to: (1) administer U.S. trade remedy laws within its mandate in a fair and objective manner; (2) provide the President, the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress with independent, quality analysis, information and support on matters relating to tariffs and international trade and competitiveness; and (3) maintain the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) - A bureau of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that is charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties and enforcing U.S. trade laws. 

CBP rulings can be found on this page.

Import Guidelines - A printer-friendly report with some helpful updated information from the government for companies who import product into the U.S. 

Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) - A hierarchical structure used for describing all goods in trade for duty, quota, and statistical purposes.

Guide to United States Motor Vehicle Parts Compliance Requirements - The National Institute of Standards and Technology published this guide on motor vehicle parts compliance.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) - The full text of each FMVSS for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment appears in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 571.

Guidance on Best Importer Practices - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published recommended best practices for importers of motor vehicle equipment to reduce the likelihood of importing products that contain defects related to motor vehicle safety or that do not comply with applicable FMVSS.

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