Can I import leather goods to USA?

Can I import leather goods to USA?


Similar to the textile visa, a Leather Certificate is an assurance of quality, and compliance with certain standards for specific leather products.

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It is a Certificate of Origin that covers trunks, suitcases, vanity cases, attaché cases, briefcases and similar containers, articles of apparel and clothing accessories, and other products made of leather or composition leather. Can I import leather goods to USA?

It is established by a mutual agreement between the US and foreign governments. Bottom line is that as in the case of the textile visa, the absence of the document with your shipment will require that your customhouse broker will have to contact either your overseas supplier or the respective trade office of the country you are importing from to obtain it for your shipment to clear US Customs.

Either way, the necessary time entailed in having to wait for its issue and arrival will result in delays and added costs billed to you by your broker before you’ll be able to finally clear the US Customs. Other factors to keep in mind when importing leather goods, which are classified under Section VIII (Chapters 41-43) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, is compliance with Fish and Wildlife Service requirements, especially where the leather may be derived from exotic animals; in such cases, special import license may be required in addition to a specific certificate of origin and recordkeeping requirements. Can I import leather goods to USA?

  • Chapter 41 Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather
  • Chapter 42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut)
  • Chapter 43 Furskins and artificial fur; manufactures thereof

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