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Most cargo manufactured in the U.S. that was previously exported and now coming back into the country is allowed to be imported duty-free and, in most cases, there will be no Merchandise Processing Fee. That’s right, tax-free. The U.S. encourages American made products under American labor and as such, gives these tax-free benefits to importers of all kinds of merchandise. However, a common mistake that importers make when declaring American goods is that they do not know where the products were manufactured. Just because the product was purchased in the U.S. doesn’t necessarily mean it was manufactured in America. In addition, specific documentation is required for American goods returning duty free.
The most common proof is a Manufacturers Affidavit. Like the name implies, this form is completed by the actual manufacturer of the goods. U.S. customs requires this for any shipments that are valued over $2,500 and if the articles are not clearly marked with the name and address of the manufacturer. The affidavit must state that the goods are a product of the USA. U.S. Customs requires the affidavit to be on the U.S. manufacturers letterhead and it must be signed by an employee from the U.S. manufacturers facility that has the authority to sign on behalf of the company. At some U.S. ports of entry, Customs will accept a NAFTA Certificate that is completed by the manufacturer. Next time you get ready to ship U.S. goods remember it is not always as easy as it seems. That’s why Hahn International can help you determine the country of origin and whether or not your cargo is eligible to duty free status.