What do i need to know before importing products from china ? I want to import children clothing to the USA

Other than trademarks / copyrighted material can i import children clothing and resell it in the USA ? Say it just has a picture of a plain penguin on it for example

York, PA -

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Nancy L. Lanard

Nancy L. Lanard

Business Attorney - Philadelphia, PA

You will need to comply with U.S. import/export laws and regulations. You should consult with an attorney who specializes in import/export laws. In addition, you will need to be careful of dyes and other products used in the clothing and be sure that the clothing complies with all U.S. laws of anti-flammability, etc. This is a complex question and not one that can easily be answered on Avvo. You should consult with an attorney that has an expertise in this area.

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Eric Lechtzin

Eric Lechtzin

Class Action Attorney - Philadelphia, PA

Ms. Lanard is absolutely correct. There are numerous regulatory issues that need to be addressed when importing products from China. Although this matter is too complicated to be addressed with an answer on Avvo, you may be able to use this site to locate a lawyer who specializes in import/export issues to advise you in this matter.

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Konny L. Sylvester

Konny L. Sylvester

Business Attorney - Avondale Estates, GA

Dear York, PA,

The simply answer is “YES.” You can import clothes from China and sell them here. Companies do this every day. I agree with my colleagues that the process—given so little information—would be lengthy to detail here.

So let me get you started. First, did you do your due diligence on the company from which you plan to import? If not, do so.

Second, ask for a list of the components, dyes, fabrics, thread, etc. used to make each piece of clothing. In this way if one item is tainted, but another isn’t you can simply exclude the tainted item from your order. Also, find out the origin of the insignia, if any, and from where the rights to the image were derived.

Third, check with customs and your importer for restrictions on any components, AND for the import duties. Also, you should know your total costs BEFORE you place your first order.

Fourth, check the trademarks that the company tells you they have. Veridy their ownerhsip and sources before importing.

Fifth--this is where it gets tricky—carefully plan the financing and delivery. Shipping, delivery, acceptance of goods and the payment of goods all go hand in hand in imports and exports. Letters of credit can hurt you if you are not well versed in what is critical, what to look for and how to negotiate and manage them. You want to have the goods delivered to your port and inspected by you BEFORE your credit, funds or letter of credit are drawn down. There is so much more to this, o educate yourself well or hire experts.

Sixth, the Chinese are notorious for making the first shipment good and later shipments more defective or varying from the order. Be aware.

Find a professional that you trust to help you get started. Hopefully this helped you along the way.

GOOD LUCK! If I can be of assistance, please contact me at Klight@lawyerinternational.co (not “.com”)

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Luca Cristiano Maria Melchionna

Luca Cristiano Maria Melchionna

Business Attorney - New York, NY

My colleagues are on point. There are importing issues and custom regulations to comply with and only to begin with. In addition, there are also contractual issues, corporate and tax issues for doing business in the US. My recommendation is to work with an international firm. Best and good luck.

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