Importing Trade Show Status FAQ's
When shipping or importing trade shows to the United States, these are the most frequently asked questions.
Answer: Generally speaking, shipping by ocean freight is less expensive than shipping by air freight. The transit period, however, is a lot longer. Most foreign ports of origin outside of North America require 30-45 days for ocean freight to transport shipments. Air freight shipments from abroad to the United States require a transit period of 1 to 7 days. Large machinery is one type of shipment that can only be sent via ocean freight.
Answer: Currently, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires 1-3 business days to clear air freight shipments and 3-5 days to clear ocean freight shipments. If the shipments are selected for thorough inspection, the items must be brought to an inspection facility, which extends the clearing period by an additional 5 to 10 days.
Answer: Pertains to trade shows that have been authorized by the Trade Fair Act of 1959. If the products are not re-exported, a trade fair entrance allows shipments to enter the country temporarily without incurring any fees. Rogers Worldwide will put up a bond in place of the exhibitor. Only ninety days after the show's start date are allowed for goods to stay in the country as temporary imports. However, the exhibitors and their customers frequently have enough time to arrange for payment and delivery.
There are only three alternative choices available to exhibitors if they do not obtain duty exempt status. They are allowed to import products temporarily (without using a trade fair entry), but changing this entry to a permanent one is at the local customs officials' discretion and frequently comes with a fine in addition to the tariff. This change in status is not permitted in some customs ports under any circumstances. The exhibitors also have the choice of gaining permanent entrance and paying import duties right away. Even if the products are exported again, the duty is not refundable. Utilizing an ATA Carnet, which necessitates mandatory re-exportation to the country of origin, is a third choice.
Explosives, fireworks, and other things that could be harmful, dangerous, or unsanitary are prohibited from use in the trade show entrance. It might be less expensive for exhibitors of low-value goods to pay customs and submit a consumption entry rather than a trade fair entry. Other items, such as animals, food, plants, or beverages, may not be appropriate for the trade show entrance.
Adhering to the posted deadlines for arrival (as given in the shipping instructions) is extremely important. Deadlines often take into consideration congestion in the ports and other situations that are being temporarily experienced. Goods arriving after the deadline date may incur additional costs for overtime clearances, special delivery, or shipment directly to the show site and run the risk of not arriving at the exhibition on time.