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There are a variety of regulations and restrictions that apply to importing goods into the United States or any foreign country. It is your responsibility to ensure that you follow the stipulated regulations for any material, including goods and data, imported into the United States or any foreign country on behalf of Stanford.

The U.S. Customs and Borders Protection website provides an overview of import regulations for items being brought into the U.S. Additionally, the U.S. Department of the Treasury provides guidance on International Import / Export Requirements. These resources will help you familiarize yourself with a country’s specific regulations on what can be imported to that country. Also, be cognizant of that country’s rules regarding importing electronic data as well as data privacy requirements.

It is advisable to utilize the services of a customs broker, especially if shipments will be arriving by sea, and subject to the Importer Security Filing (ISF) 71730, also known as ISF 10+2. Stanford has a preferred provider relationship with JAS (formerly TIGERS), a global logistics company that provides the following services:

  • Export Services: International air, sea, domestic freight, and consulting; and
  • Import Services: Customs Brokerage, Import freight and consulting

Depending on the scope and complexity of your project's logistics needs, you may consider using their services. Customs brokers are particularly helpful when importing into a foreign country, as they are familiar with local law and can facilitate the following:

  • Correct forms are filed;
  • Correct duties are paid; and
  • Shipment clears customs smoothly and quickly.

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