Importing Goods into the United States Ordered Via Internet: Requirements Imposed By U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Internet has made it easy to purchase goods from almost anywhere in the World. In last decade, there has been considerable growth in number of people buying products and services online from foreign sellers and importing those goods into the United States. The goods and services purchased online and imported into the United States are subject to specific rules and regulations that govern the act of importing. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforce Federal laws regarding the importation of goods into the United States.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What are the various ways in which the goods purchased over the Internet can be imported into the United States?
Which authorities in U.S. are responsible for collecting duties on the imported goods ordered via Internet?
Is there any duty on Information and materials downloaded from the Internet?
Is importing prescription medicine from Foreign Pharmacies through the Internet permitted according to United States law?

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