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How To Import Wool


This week, specifically on December 21st, was officially the start of winter solstice! As temperatures drop and the weather outside is frightful, there is nothing more delightful than being bundled up in wool apparel or blankets to stay cozy and warm. With the demand of wool increasing during the cold season, keep these details in mind so your business can take the necessary precautions when importing wool to the U.S.


Classifications


It is important to note that according to the tariff schedule, “wool” is defined as the natural fiber that is grown by sheep or lambs. “Fine animal hair” is used to describe hair of alpaca, llama, vicuna, camel (including dromedary), yak, Angora, Tibetan, Kashmir or similar goats (but not common goats), rabbit (including Angora rabbit), hare, beaver, nutria or muskrat. “Coarse animal hair” is defined has hair from other animals that were not mentioned in the first two classifications. Depending on the classification as well as the country you are importing from, your commodity will be subject to separate rates of duty.


Government Agencies

When you are planning to import wool, you should also think about the quality and if it is up to par with the rules and regulations set by government agencies. Before your textiles can pass through U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it may be subject to inspection. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can check your wool to make sure there aren’t any toxins that may be a harm to public health. According to the Federal Trade Commission, The Wool Products Labeling Rules require labels on wool products disclosing the manufacturer's or marketer's name, the country where the product was processed or manufactured, and information about the fiber content. Being prepared and informed about these government laws can ensure that you won’t be penalized, or risk having your product destroyed by CBP.


Having a trusted customs broker can make the process of importing wool trouble-free. Please reach out to info@spiritchbinc.com or call 714-738-1196 if you have inquiries.

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