You need to ship international goods to the US, but you aren’t planning to sell your products immediately, and you’re not ready to pay duty on the merchandise. In this situation, bonded storage may be the best option.
US customs bonded warehouses are facilities where imported merchandise can be stored for up to five years, duty-free. If the warehouse is operated by a private enterprise, as is the case with the warehouses managed by Global Shipping Services, the proprietor must post a customs bond with the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. The proprietor is liable for the bonded cargo until it is exported, destroyed under CBP supervision, withdrawn for use on an international aircraft or vessel, or withdrawn for commercial use in the US after the duty is paid.
When you choose Global Shipping Services for your storage, you’ll get the peace of mind that comes with knowing your goods are safe and secure until you decide to export or withdraw them. You can also rest easy knowing that we can handle all the steps necessary to get your merchandise from a foreign location to a US warehouse. As a full-service freight forwarding company, we can work out shipping logistics, communicate with ports of departure and entry, act as a liaison between your business and necessary government entities, and make sure your goods receive customs clearance.
Keeping imported goods in a bonded facility can help you better control your finances and make sound long-term business decisions. Because you don’t have to pay duty when your merchandise arrives in the US, there is less pressure to make immediate sales in order to recoup the duty cost. You can sit on your cargo until there is an increase in demand for your products, and then pay duty and withdraw the cargo from the warehouses. You can also actively search for a domestic buyer, and if you are unable to find one, you can export your merchandise without paying duty on it.
While your merchandise is in storage, you are permitted to alter it (for example, you could clean or repackage your products). This allows you to better prepare your products for sale in the US before paying duty.
Global Shipping Services’ on-site facility is set up to preserve the quality of your goods until you decide to withdraw them. All our warehouse staff are TSA-approved and receive regular safety training. We have an online warehouse system in place that provides you with real-time updates about what cargo is in our facility at any time. As a client, you’ll be able to access this information through a unique user login.
Our bonded warehousing services are the smart choice if you are importing goods to the US and do not yet have a buyer. Contact Global Shipping Services to learn more about our services and find out if we can accommodate your merchandise.
"We have complicated international shipping requirements and tight schedules to maintain, GSS has always gone above and beyond to meet these requirements and ensure we have the information needed to keep things running smoothly"
Director, International Operations, OSG Lightering LLC
"In my 16 years of service to industry, I would highly recommend this company as a reliable broker and shipping company to cover any logistics scenario that could arise with professionalism, attention to detail & accuracy. Our representation has been nothing but superb from Global whether a simple shipment is brokered through customs or multiple containers are negotiated to our project sites direct from Germany this company delivers on time at competitive rates every time."
Senior Project Engineer, Geda USA Elevator & Material Lift Company
"Presmer has been working with Global Shipping for over 3 years now and the service they provide is excellent. They go above and beyond the call of duty to ease your shipment hassles. They take the frustration out of the process with their knowledge and relationships. Forever grateful."
"This company truly puts the customer first. They are always ahead of issues and their follow-up and communications with us has been exemplary. They made what used to be a horrific part of our work, something that is now almost effortless.
Thank you for having the highest work ethic, great industry knowledge, reasonable rates and uncompromising customer service. We appreciate you!"
President, Superior Building Supplies