The US is one of Britain’s key trading partners: bilateral trade is worth over £130 billion every year. To further lower trade barriers, EU and American officials are negotiating the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which would provide additional revenues of £10 billion a year for the UK.
Sources: GOV.UK, IMF, US Department of Commerce
For more detailed information when trading with the USA, download our USA Fact Sheet.
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Gateways into the Country: 4
Number of Service Centres: 47
DHL Delivery Zone: 6
Vehicle Fleet: 2,500
|USA: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Washington, D.C.||EXPORTS FROM USA|
|Population:||318.9 million||Exports from
|US$ 1.575 trillion (2013 est.)|
|Area:||9,826,675 sq km||Export Commodities:||Agricultural products (soybeans, fruit, corn), industrial supplies (organic chemicals), capital goods (transistors, aircraft, motor vehicle parts, computers, telecommunications equipment), consumer goods (automobiles, medicines)|
|Currency:||1 US dollar (USD) = 100 cent||Top Export Destinations:||Germany, Australia, Canada, UK, Afghanistan, China, Japan, Belgium, France, Mexico|
|GDP:||US$ 16.72 trillion (2013 est.)||IMPORTS INTO USA|
|Time Zones:||6 time zones: UTC -5:00 (Eastern), UTC +6:00 (Central), UTC +7:00 (Mountain), UTC +8:00 (Pacific), UTC +9:00 (Alaska), UTC +10:00 (Hawaii - Aleutian); daylight savings time observed throughout exempting Hawaii||Imports into
|US$ 2.273 trillion (2013 est.)|
|Languages:||English, Spanish, other||Import Commodities:||Agricultural products, industrial supplies (crude oil), capital goods (computers, telecommunications equipment, motor vehicle parts, office machines, electric power machinery), consumer goods (automobiles, clothing, medicines, furniture, toys)|
|Ethnic Groups:||White 79.96%, Black 12.85%, Asian 4.43%, Amerindian and Alaska native 0.97%, native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.18%, mixed heritage 1.61%||Top Import Origins:||China, Germany, Hong Kong, UK, Taiwan, Italy|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in USA to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Washington, D.C.||2-3 days||2-3 days|
|New York||2 days||2 days|
|Los Angeles||2-3 days||2-3 days|
|Miami||5-8 days||5-8 days|
|Cincinnati||2-3 days||2-3 days|
Goods which are US export licensed and/or with a value exceeding US$ 2,500: formal clearance is required (goods from Canada are exempt from this limit) and an Electronic Export Information (EEI) must be filed with US Customs. Textiles, foodstuffs and drugs require formal clearance if the value exceeds US$ 250.
If DHL is completing EEI filing and the shipment is moving on an Import Express account, the receiver must provide Power of Attorney (POA). US Customs levies a Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) whenever formal clearance is completed. The MPF is levied at 0.34364%, a minimum of US$ 24 and a maximum of US$ 485.
Goods may be subject to inspection by government agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
When shipping to a business: provide the receiver’s tax identification number (IRS number).
When shipping to a private importer: provide the receiver’s Social Security Number (SSN).
Shipper must be FDA registered. Receiver must be a licensed alcoholic beverage importer, not a private individual. Provide prior notification; fee: US$ 10. FDA entry preparation fee: US$ 20.
Animal products including skins
Receiver to provide IRS number/SSN and POA. Commercial invoice must include detailed description of the commodity's common name, genus name and country of origin. Additional information: www.fws.gov/permits/ImportExport/ImportExport.html
Catalogues and non-advertisement booklets & brochures
Send bulk shipments, including intra-company transfers, as goods.
State on Waybill and invoice ‘Not restricted article per IATA regulations’ – otherwise, shipment will be held until shipper or receiver can be contacted for identification. An imaged Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) is recommended.
Provide detailed description and end use of cosmetic item. Manufacturing Registration or Establishment number and a Cosmetic Registration number recommended to prevent clearance delays. Additional information: http://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/internationalactivities/importers/default.htm
Dangerous goods including hazardous or combustible materials
All shippers must be pre-approved through the Safety Department (Dangerous Goods Administration).
Drugs: prescription & non-prescription
Prescription drugs for personal use: US FDA unapproved drugs (90 day supply only) may be imported for an individual's personal use with a serious illness. Non-prescription drugs: provide name, intended use, ingredients, doses, formulations and labelling.
May require US Department of Agriculture and/or FDA inspection and/or import permit. Shippers must register with the FDA. Prior notification required; fee: US$ 10. FDA entry preparation fee: US$ 20. Commercial imports: provide receiver’s
Only send used personal effects. Provide receiver’s telephone number, flight number, arrival date, passport number and/or Social Security Number regardless of value. Personal effects valued over US$ 200: provide a completed CF3299 (declaration for free entry of personal effects) before shipping.
Spectacles, spectacle lenses and frames, magnifying spectacles and sunglasses
FDA clearance required; receiver to provide IRS number/SSN and POA. Additional requirements: www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/ucm150001.htm
Textile articles including fabrics and samples
B2B or B2C (for personal use) shipments: provide complete item description, Fabric Detail Sheet (FDS), gender (man/woman/boy/girl) and value per item needed.
Shipments over US$ 2,500: provide receiver’s SSN.
Commercial clothing including informal/duty free samples: must be mutilated and valued under US$ 2,500. Commercial shipments from WTO countries: Quota/Visa required. Commercial shippers: include on commercial invoice complete address of textile & apparel products manufacturer; textile declaration is not required.
Receiver to provide POA. Cigars not properly labelled with country of manufacture as per US Customs regulations are subject to seizure. Cigarette shipments to unlicensed receivers will be returned to origin.
Works of art (originals) including paintings, drawings, pastels, collages, decorative plaques, sculptures / statues
Invoice must state artist’s name, year produced, edition if applicable (e.g. 1/12) and title of artwork.
For ship spares and x-ray machines, please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.