• Deanna Clark-Esposito

Kenyan Footwear Imports to the US


I enjoyed the opportunity to discuss footwear import declarations recently with Kenyan businessmen visiting NYC. Unlike most commodities which require some basic invoice information to be declared, for US Customs entry purposes, additional data points on footwear must be provided such as:


1. Manufacturer's style number


2. Importer's style and/or stock number


3. Percent by area of external surface area of upper (excluding reinforcements and accessories) which is leather, composition leather, rubber and/or plastics, textile materials, or “other,” and requires specifying the percentage of each type of material.


4. Percent by area of the external surface area of the outer sole (excluding reinforcements and accessories) that is leather, composition leather, rubber and/or plastics, textile materials, or “other,” and requires specifying the percentage of each type of material.


On top of this, there are over 20 additional potential factors to disclose, so any foreign seller should be prepared to provide these details to the importer, and the importer be prepared to disclose to US Customs on a footwear declaration form.


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