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26 MAKE A PAYMENT GET ASSISTANCETRACK YOUR SHIPMENTIMPORT WITH CONFIDENCEGETTING STARTED PREPARE YOUR SHIPMENT EXPORT WITH CONFIDENCE IMPORT WITH CONFIDENCE ATA Carnets ease the temporary importation of commercial samples professional equipment and goods for exhibitions and fairs. For more details on ATA Carnets see page 17 While proper documentation is important to avoiding delays in Customs it is also important to be familiar with the Customs clearance entry types and processes. CUSTOMS CLEARANCE PROCESSES Depending upon value commodity and entry type the Customs clearance process will vary De Minimis these entry types are part of a consolidated pre-clearance cleared through Automated Manifest System AMS using Manifest data Section 1321 Informal these entry types clear Customs as part of an informal manifest clearance managed under a DHL bond. Duty payment may be required depending upon the entry type Formal these entries require formal entry process. Shipments are held for separate Automated Broker Interface ABI entry. Duty and Merchandise Processing Fee MPF payment required TEMPORARY IMPORTS CUSTOMS CLEARANCE AND RESTRICTIONS LANDED COST CALCULATIONSPECIAL CASE DOCUMENTSREQUIRED DOCUMENTSIMPORT SERVICES TEMPORARY IMPORTS CUSTOMS CLEARANCE AND RESTRICTIONS HELPFUL TIP You can request product samples from potential suppliers to help identify each products designated Harmonized System HS code and verify the quality. DOWNLOAD THIS To get more details on specific importing requirements in the DHL U.S. Import Industry Guide go to Get more tips to avoid Customs delays on page 18 U.S. PROHIBITED COMMODITIES The following commodities are not acceptable for transport by DHL under any circumstances. This is a result of a policy decision following the full consideration of Operational Legal and Risk Management Teams. Animals Antiques breakable andor fragile Asbestos Bullion Currency Firearms parts thereof and ammunition Furs Hazardous or combustible materials as defined in IATA Regulations Human remains including ashes Jewelry precious metals and stones Narcotics illegal Property the carriage of which is prohibited by any law regulation or statute of any federal state or local government of any country to or through which the shipment may be carried Meat and meat products Some goods such as Lithium batteries have properties that may be potentially dangerous to transport.These goods require special precautions. Learn more about Dangerous Goods GOOD TO KNOW