Foreign Internet Purchases


Friday, February 7, 2014


When you buy goods from foreign sources, you become an importer. It is the importer’s responsibility for assuring that the goods comply with a variety of both state and federal government import regulations. Importing goods that are unsafe, that fail to meet U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) requirements and the requirements of other government agencies, could end up costing you money in fines and penalties. At the very least, such goods would be detained, and possibly destroyed, by CBP.

Knowing what is admissible and how to import is your responsibility, and the procedures can be very complicated. CBP has posted detailed importing instructions on their website for persons who make purchases from foreign countries via the internet.

Below is the link to CBP’s webpage:

Internet Purchases