Custom Requirements and Documentation
Country Commercial Guides
A great starting point to learn about Customs requirements is the Country Commercial Guide (CCG). Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad, CCGs provide information about:
- Import Tariffs - average tariff rates for different types of goods, including in best prospect sectors.
- Import Requirements and Documentation – the requirements for the U.S. exporter and the foreign importer, or where to find them.
- Labeling and marking requirements – an overview of the different labeling and marking requirements, including any restrictive advertising or labeling practices, and where to get more information. You can also learn about any Packaging and Recycling Laws.
- Special situations – when goods are temporarily imported, prohibited or restricted.
- Customs authority contact information.
- Standards – the general environment, authorities, standards and testing requirements, and publication of standards.
- For example, some countries may require a Certificate of Conformity, usually for certain kinds of manufactured goods. Exporters are required to have the product analyzed and tested by an authorized third party.
Agriculture-Specific Requirements and Certifications
Agricultural exports require a number of unique documents and certifications from both the U.S. and destination country. You can find more information about agricultural requirements at the Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA) website.