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I am wanting to start a distributorship of electronics in South

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I am wanting to start a distributorship of electronics in South Carolina but my manufacturer is in China what licenses would I need to acquire?
Are they going to drop ship the products to the customers from China or are you going to be importing inventory?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I was planning to inventory to cut down on delivery time.
If you are importing electronic goods from China, you will need to engage a customs importer because you will have to arrange to pay customs duties upon having them shipped to the US. These tariffs vary depending on the type and value of the electronic goods you are importing. The tariffs are based on the Harmonized Import Tariffs and you need to be careful if you are not experienced in reading these tables, which is why a customs importer is generally required in the beginning. However, aside from that and your LLC, this is all you require.

If you have the manufacturer drop ship products, all you need is the LLC and any duty, which is likely none because they will be shipped to the customer directly for personal use, is the liability of the customer and not you.


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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Would the customs importer be the same thing as a frieghtforwarder or is that different?
Some freight forwarders provide customs services, it depends on each individual company you use and you need to check with that particular company as to whether or not they will be handling the customs requirements.
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