Exporting & Importing Goods/art into USA



Looking to import fine art to USA to sell on a USA web site from a NYC based storage and distribution depot.  UK based company

Looking to see what complications there are to importing to US and also the most cost effective way of doing this. Think 30 or so paintings would be v expensive with a Fed EX delivery.

ANSWER: Hi Richard,

Do you have specific concern that I can address for you?  I don't really have any idea what you are asking of me.

Thank you,

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QUESTION: Yes sorry. Whats the most cost effective way you know of exporting art from EU to US and are there any import duties (hidden costs) i should be aware of?


Typically the cheapest mode of transport is via ocean freight but it also takes longer.  If your weights are over 100 pounds each shipment I can get a quotation for you to compare between air and ocean.  Shipments under 100 pounds should be sent via a courier service.

Original works of art are normally duty free but are subject to Merchandise Processing Fee or MPF which is .3464% of the commercial value.  I strongly suggest that the importer of record procure a continuous bond if the shipments will be frequent and high value.  I can assist with this as well.

If you need further assistance please start a new message to me un "private" mode so we can exchange contact information.

Best regards,

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Lisa Madrid


I have over 20 years of experience in import transportation and customs clearance. I am not able to answer export related questions but can assist with imports into the United States.


I have been a licensed Customs Broker since 1996 and have been working for the freight forwarding industry for 24 years. I currently have my own business as an import consultant offering advice to importers in area of Customs regulatory compliance and am partnered with several prominent Customs attorneys.

CCBFA (Chicago Customs brokers and Forwarders Association) OWIT (Organization of Women in International Trade) ITAGC (International Trade Association of Greater Chicago)

Licensed as Customs Broker, issued 1996 NCBFAA Certified Customs Specialist

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