Importing

Importing

Importing

No taxes or duties are levied on imports of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry, and similar items into the USA. Use HTS code 97050000 for detailed inventory and to indicate "Collections and Collectors’ Pieces of Mineralogical or Paleontological Interest".

Many gems, jewelry, and precious metals are usually exempt from import duties, but some exceptions exist with duties of 10% or more. Check the United States International Trade Commission website for specifics.

When only a few items face low duties, it's usually quicker and cheaper to pay them. But for high-duty items, exhibitors can opt for an ATA Carnet, costing around $300 plus a surety bond at 1% of merchandise value. The ATA Carnet is an international customs document allowing temporary import without duty or tax in 71+ countries for up to a year. It eliminates the need for temporary import bonds. Failure to re-export the goods listed results in duty payment. ATA stands for "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission" in French and English.

To learn about and obtain an ATA Carnet please visit the International Chamber of Commerce website.