At Fictiv, we’re proud to offer customers access to economical, highly vetted manufacturers overseas. When you place an order using Fictiv overseas manufacturing, it’s important to understand the additional requirements involved to import goods into the United States. This article will guide you through each of these requirements to ensure you’re prepared for your shipment.

Overview: Required information for International Shipping

Before you can import goods from overseas, you need to prepare four pieces of information:

  1. Required for new importers only: complete CBP Form 5106 and email it to cpg@ftn.fedex.com and cc: paperwork@fedex.com. If you are shipping using your own UPS shipping account, you must instead send your 5106 form to internationaldocs.us@ups.com.
  2. Obtain HTS classification for each of the parts in your order.
  3. Prepare a detailed description of the “end use” for each of the parts in your order.
  4. Provide the overall end use of your final product.

To provide information points 2-4, you can use this free template.

What is a 5106 Form, and When Do I Need to Fill One Out?

The 5106 form is used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect and maintain records on all commercial goods imported into the United States, along with the carrier, broker, and importer of these goods.

Since Fictiv uses FedEx as the primary carrier, you need to submit this form via email to cpg@ftn.fedex.com (with paperwork@fedex.com cc'd) at least two days prior to your order shipment date, or else risk shipment delays and/or fines. This is not a recurring process—once you’ve submitted a 5106 form, you will not need to do so again, unless the information listed in this form changes.

How to Assign HTS Classification Codes

Given Fictiv’s EXW Incoterms, it is your responsibility as our customer to provide us with the HTS codes for each item in your order.

Here are some examples of the most common HTS codes used in orders placed through our platform:

The duty rates listed in this table are controlled by the U.S. government and are subject to change without notice.

If you do not know your HTS codes, reach out to your internal trade or logistics department. If this is not an option for you, we encourage you to work with a customs broker or trade professional. Let us know if you wish to be connected with a customs broker from Fictiv’s network by reaching out to a Fictiv customer support representative at help@fictiv.com.

Am I Responsible for Import duties?

The short answer is yes.

Import duties are taxes collected by the U.S. government upon importation of foreign goods into the United States, and under the Ex Works terms of sale, our customers are responsible to pay these taxes.

The carrier (FedEx) will advance the duties to U.S. Customs, and you will receive an invoice from them.

Are You Ordering Prototype Parts Through Our Platform?

The U.S. government has declared that all prototypes produced overseas are duty free. However, there are some things you should know before you declare your parts as prototypes so that you can take advantage of this duty free opportunity.

  • A “prototype” is an original model or article pertaining to a project in any industry that is in a pre-production, production, or post-production stage.
  • This part is to be used exclusively for development, testing, product evaluation, or quality control purposes.
  • Your order must be limited to noncommercial quantities, in accordance with industry practice.

You may be requested at the time of entry or at a later date to submit a written statement declaring the actual use of your parts.

When and How to Provide International Shipping Information

After you place your overseas order, you’ll be prompted via your Orders page and the automatic order confirmation email to provide your international shipping information using our on-platform feature.

Our information gathering feature makes it easy to submit all of the required information and provides guidance on commonly asked questions via interactive dropdowns. Additionally, the feature offers detailed instructions to submit your CBP 5106 form, from download to submitting it to FedEx.

Please note that failure to provide the information at a minimum of two days prior to the scheduled shipment date may result in shipment delays.

We’re Here to Help

Have additional questions on how to import goods into the United States using Fictiv overseas manufacturing? Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts any time at help@fictiv.com.

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