Trade Shows - exhibiting a product/ booths
: What do I need to know about exhibiting a product, bringing or shipping supplies for a Trade Show in the U.S.?
If you are traveling into the U.S. to exhibit a product at a Trade Show/Fair, the following is a checklist of recommendations useful for the entry of the items:
Official documentation showing date and location of the Trade Show
Confirmation that you are an exhibitor
Documentation indicating value of items
Mark items "Not for Sale" or mutilate the items
Contact the Port of Entry prior to travel
Complete CF7523-"Entry and Manifest of Merchandise free of Duty" (For NAFTA Items only)
Check with the government agency that regulates your product for any possible restrictions or required documentation
Obtain the HTSUS code for your items
If shipping supplies and/or the value is over $2500, a Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) or Carnet is the best course of action. This applies to display booths or other items not remaining in the U.S. beyond your intended visit.
Information on Carnets, TIBS and the Trade Fair Program:
CARNET (click on the first link, "ATA Carnet", from this page)
TEMPORARY IMPORTATION UNDER BOND (TIB)
TRADE FAIR PROGRAM
Are the items prohibited/restricted?
Restricted Merchandise: Because CBP officers are stationed at all ports of arrival in the United States, including Puerto Rico, they are called upon to enforce laws and regulations of other government agencies.
A license or permit from the responsible agency may be necessary to import: Alcoholic beverages, animal and animal products, certain drugs, firearms and ammunition, fruits, nuts, meat and meat products, milk, dairy, and cheese products, plants and plant products, poultry and poultry products, petroleum and petroleum products, and vegetables.
There are also restrictions on the importation of certain trademarked and copyrighted articles. (For further information see Customs Publication No. 549 U.S. Customs and Protection of Intellectual Property Rights.) IPR Resources
Certain items in these categories may also be prohibited.
The following items must comply with applicable regulations of other agencies: Art materials, cultural property, hazardous/toxic/flammable materials, household appliances, some electronics products, and toys and children's articles.
Agencies that may regulate your product:
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(202) 453-2260 (alcoholic beverages)
(202) 616 4550 (arms and ammunition)
USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS)
(301) 734-3277 (Animal products)
(301) 734-8364 (Live animals)
(301) 734-0841 (Plants/plant products)
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Management Authority (703) 358-2104
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Division of Import Operations and Policy (301) 443-6553
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
Office of Compliance 1-800-638-2772
Commercial samples: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/nafta/commercial-samples
Temporary admissions: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/nafta/g ... /en-temp-admissions
Note: Exhibitors may want to register items with Canada Customs in order to facilitate the return of the items to Canada. See Canadian Chamber of Commerce.