Exports to USA
Why export to USA?
- In 2013 315 million consumers, five times the amount in Britain, bought £40 billion of goods exported from the UK
- USA is the number one consumer of British goods, with Germany coming in at number two
- Conversely, the UK is the seventh biggest supplier of exports to USA (2.6% of the market)
- With English as a shared language and similar cultures, communication is simple
- USA has a GPD of $49,800 in 2013, which means high spending power
At Unsworth we offer weekly export services to USA from the UK with transit times of 8 days.
Do not hesitate to contact a member of our team at +44 (0) 20 8988 8068 or email email@example.com
Required documentation when Shipping to USA from UK:
Bill of Lading
You will need at least three of these documents, with two to be sent to the consignee at port of destination. If there are no payment or ownership issues then your goods can move with an express bill or an express release. This can avoid any potential delays that come with shipping with a full bill of lading (e.g. cargo cannot be released until the original has been received by the carrier in your buyer’s country).
All exports to USA must be declared to Customs when leaving the EU, which Unsworth UK are happy to arrange. All exports to USA also require a pre-departure message to be sent, known as the Export Control System (ECS), as well as the Export Accompanying Document (EAD) which is used to comply with Customs cargo security procedures. This document also acts as the exporter’s official evidence of export.
Depending on what goods you intent to export to USA, certain classes of goods fall under National and EU regulations, e.g. military goods. A full list of controlled goods can be found on the UK GOV website.
If you need to contact the ECO with any export control-related queries, you can call them on 020 7215 4594 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Packing requirements for exports to USA
Marking of goods
Each item must be marked with the English name of the country of origin, unless your goods are exempt. Details of these exemptions can be obtained from US consulates. There are also certain regulations regarding the labelling of food, medicines, drugs and cosmetics. Full details are available from the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, tel: 00 1 202 326 2222, website: www.ftc.gov.
Exports sea freight to USA are subject to ISPM 15 regulations, which means exporters who use wood or timber packing materials to ship goods must ensure the wood is either clearly marked with the International Phytosanitary mark (IPPC logo) or a Phytosanitary Certificate must be present. This is to show that the wood has been heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide.
Cargo notification regulations
USA is one of the many countries to adopt a mandatory Cargo notification system. This is either completed by the masters of vessels, the airline, or by ourselves. It must be received in advance of loading/departure of the goods to the customs office of entry. Goods arriving without pre-notification may be denied entry or face severe delays in customs clearance.
Supply Chain Security Approval
When exporting to USA, it is important to note that there are a number of schemes in place.
Certificates of Security
This must be issued for every shipment entering USA by sea freight.
Import Security Filling (ISF)
Full compliance for submitting pre-departure information to the US Customs Border and Protection agency (CBP) is mandatory. Importers must submit the relevant information electronically via the Automated Manifest System or the Automated Broker Interface prior to the vessels entry into the USA.
Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
This is the US Customs and Border Protection’s system that allows customs facilitation whilst protecting border security.
If you need Sea Freight to USA services, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team at +44 (0) 20 8988 8068 or email email@example.com
Top UK exports to USA by category 2010–2012
|Abbreviated Harmonised Code||Product Classification||Exports in £millions FOB|
|27||Mineral fuels, oils and products of their distillation||5530||5290||4591|
|84||Machinery, mechanical appliances and parts||5414||6541||7037|
|8429||Bulldozers, plant, JCB, etc||110||314||310|
|8431||Parts for use with plant machinery 8425 to 8430||204||241||239|
|3002||Human and animal blood, sera, vaccines||492||201||258|
|87||Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock and parts||3569||3228||3843|
|8703||Vehicles for carrying people||2861||2640||2595|
|8708||Parts and accessories for large vehicles||319||303||624|
|2933||Heterocyclic compounds with nitrogen||1061||955||336|
|2934||Nucleic acids and their salts||931||1043||1179|
|85||Electrical machinery and parts; TV and sound, radar||2040||2137||2019|
|8517||Equipment for telephones||291||332||232|
|88||Aircraft, spacecraft, and parts thereof||1820||1899||2187|
|90||Optical, photo, measuring, precision, medical instruments||1994||2193||2283|
|97||Works of art, antiques, collectors items||1532||1608||2363|
|9706||Antiques of >100 years old||209||231||271|
|71||Precious stones and metals||1323||1731||1448|
|7113||Artefacts of jewellery and parts thereof||251||317||279|
|39||Plastics and plastic products||509||530||548|
|38||Miscellaneous chemical products||497||514||458|
|3822||Diagnostic or laboratory reagents||290||297||251|
|73||Articles of iron and steel||237||296||488|
|72||Iron and steel||344||499||396|
|94||Furniture, bedding, lighting||203||269||338|
|33||Essential oils and soaps||176||169||207|
|40||Rubber and articles thereof||167||188||194|
|03||Fish and molluscs||145||225||176|
Source: HMRC www.uktradeinfo.com, which can be accessed for deeper eight-digit code searches with monthly trends.