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GARMENT AND FABRIC SAMPLE SHIPMENTS
GARMENT SAMPLE SHIPMENTS
There are two ways to import garment samples into the US:
1. Non-mutilated Samples: Garment is not marked or mutilated . 2. Mutilated Samples: Garment is stamped “SAMPLE” on the outside or the garment has been cut/torn.
1. NON-MUTILATED GARMENT SAMPLES
The invoice must include a complete description of the garment (see “Invoice Descriptions for Apparel” in this section). Generic invoice descriptions (e.g., ladies garment, mock-up, men’s apparel) are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Visas must be obtained where necessary
2. MUTILATED GARMENT SAMPLES
In order for items to be admitted free of duty as samples under the classification of 9811.00.60, they must be used in the United States for soliciting orders for products of foreign countries.
To meet the requirements of the statute, the mark, tear, perforation or other treatment must alter items and make them unsuitable for commercial sale, but at the same time preserve their usefulness as a sample. The samples must have been properly mutilated or marked prior to importation into the United States. The samples cannot be mutilated or marked to conform to the requirements after their arrival in the United States. Important: The invoice must contain the statement, “Mutilated Samples - 9811.00.60”, prior to importation into the United States. This cannot be done after arrival in the United States.
The value of samples that are mutilated or marked under 9811.00.60, for entry purposes, should be the actual value or selling price of the article in its mutilated condition. In cases where the samples are not sold or are transferred at no charge, the value to be shown on the invoice used for entry shall be the cost of production plus the cost of the mutilation. Do not include non-mutilated samples (e.g. garments, components, trims) with a shipment of mutilated samples. The inclusion of non-mutilated samples is not in accordance with the required statement for mutilated samples and will result in additional processing, delays and possible returns. It may also be considered for seizure and penalty action by CBP.
SHIPPING TEXTILE SAMPLES
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There are three methods to properly “mutilate” a garment. 1) A section may be cut or torn from the main body of the garment. This cut must be on the outside of the garment, visible when worn, and should not be on a seam or border. The size of the cut or tear should be at a minimum of 2 inches (5 cm) in length.
2) A hole or section may be punched or cut into a garment on the outside in a prominent area of at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter (approximately the size of a
U.S. quarter), and in a location where it cannot be covered with a patch or emblem.
3) The item may be marked with the word “SAMPLE” in indelible ink or paint. The size of the word “SAMPLE” should be a least 1-inch (2.5 cm) in height and not less than 2 inches (5 cm) in length, placed in a prominent area that will be visible when the garment is worn.
MUTILATED GARMENT SAMPLES
SHIPPING TEXTILE SAMPLES
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FABRIC SAMPLE SHIPMENTS
There are two ways to import fabric samples into the US:
1. Non-mutilated Samples: fabric is not marked or mutilated . 2. Mutilated Samples: Fabric is stamped “SAMPLE” on the outside or the garment has been cut/torn.
1. NON-MUTILATED SAMPLES
The invoice must include a complete description of the fabric. Generic invoice descriptions are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Visas must be obtained where necessary and appropriate fabric detail sheet (see Customs Compliance Forms in manual for fabric detail sheets) must be included in...