Cargo customs clearance under Section 321

Tips on how to ship cargo that is clearing customs under Section 321, and which goods qualify for Section 321 clearance

Section 321 allows for shipments valued under $800 to enter the USA without formal entry or paying duty.

Our carriers will still require you to list a customs broker on your paperwork in case of any unforeseen occurrences. You can enter this information during your booking process when asked for the broker information.

It is important to note that there are exceptions to what Section 321 encompasses. Goods falling under the following categories may not qualify for clearance under Section 321:

    • Goods that require an inspection regardless of their value as a condition of release
    • Merchandise that is liable to Anti-Dumping Duty (ADD) or Countervailing Duty (CVD)
    • Products regulated by one or more of the following Participating Government Agencies (PGAs)
      • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      • Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS)
      • National Highway Transport and Safety Administration (NHTSA)
      • Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA)
      • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The aforementioned restrictions do not apply to the following goods as of 2017:

    • Cosmetics
    • Dinnerware
    • Radiation-emitting non-medical devices
    • Biological samples for laboratory testing
    • Food (excluding raw clams, raw oysters, raw mussels, ackees, puffer fish, and foods packed in airtight containers meant for storage at room temperature)

For more information on cross-border shipping, read our Help Center article.

If you have any further questions please feel free to reach out to us via online chat, by phone at (800) 886-4870 Ext. 1 or by email at [email protected].

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