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I live in California and I want to purchase electronics from

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I live in California and I want to purchase electronics from China to resell on line. I am concerned about taxes, import fees, tariffs etc and wonder if it would be worth the venture?
Here are the regulations about importing electronics from China:

http://www.cbp.gov/linkhandler/cgov/tool

Since you will be importing "commercial quantities, you really should hire a customs broker to help you navigate the customs procedures. If you are going to get small shipments -- e.g. in a box (not cargos), then you may be able to circumvent the whole importing process and send it through mail.

As for licenses you need in doing business in California, here is what you will need:

How to Start a Business

California Business Portal http://www.ss.ca.gov/business/resources.…


Business Registration, Permits and Licenses


California Dept of Consumer Affairs Licensing Information http://www.dca.ca.gov/aboutdca/licnhelp.…

Taxes

Sellers Permit – CA Board of Equalization http://www.boe.ca.gov/info/reg.htm
California Tax Service Center http://www.taxes.ca.gov/
Franchise Tax Board http://www.ftb.ca.gov/
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Your answer was great, but I have an additional question in reference to it... " I need to know if I keep it to like under 10 items, like ipads. would i have to pay import fees and taxes?"

Especially if you can justify that it is for personal use, or for your friends, and not for inventory for your business, you would be able to bring it in as if it was your personal use possession.

That is probably the easiest way to handle it and such a small quantity would certainly fly under the radar.

Good luck to you. I wish you all the best.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


What do you mean by "Especially?" Was there a first part to the reply that I did not receive?

You would be able to bring in a small amount of goods if they were for personal use and not declared as a business import. For example, if you were to bring in a small amount and then make it available to your friends or people you met over the internet, even if at a small profit to you, then you would not have to pay duty on it. It is when you declare yourself as an importer and bring in large volumes of product that the duty would apply.

Good luck to you. I wish you all the best.
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