U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Importing Natural Stone from Canada into USA

WE REGULARLY EXPORT TO US CUSTOMERS 

Import process is easy; we facilitate all cross-border shippings

All pricing is in US DOLLARS (USD) unless noted otherwise. 

    Natural Brick and Stone Depot: We regularly sell and export to buyers in the Unites States, and have found it's a relatively easy and seamless process. For those considering importing Natural Stone building products from Canada into USA, other than a little extra paperwork, you'll find the whole process to be the same as buying locally. 

    Freight charges are slightly higher, and time in transit a few days longer, but the unique beauty and quality of this product ensures the exercise is more than worthwhile (so our clients tell us!).

     
    There is a form that is requested by Canada-USA Customs, to be completed by the buyer (required for any person or entity that has not previously imported goods into USA). We don't need this to be completed before you make a purchase, but before we ship out, it's a good idea for us to have this in order, which will insure no delays at the border. 
     
    We've posted most of the text from the document below as an FYI, but for the complete/actual document or to prepare for your purchase and import, visit and download/print the form at the Department of Homeland Security website here. Note: they seem to change the url/link regularly, so we've posted the main homepage; please use the search feature for "5106", request a copy from us, or print the document pdf here
     
     
     

    OMB APPROVAL NO. 1651-0064 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY EXPIRATION DATE 12-31-2020

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    CREATE/UPDATE IMPORTER IDENTITY FORM

    19 CFR 24.5
    As the importer, consignee, or other party listed in block 1, you are responsible for the validity of the information provided in this document. Any Customs Broker or third party who is submitting the information on your behalf is only obligated to convey this information to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

    PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT: Pursuant to the requirements of Public Law 93-579 (Privacy Act of 1974), notice is hereby given that: 19 CFR 24.5 authorizes the disclosure of Social Security numbers (SSN) on the CBP Form 5106, and implements CBP's authority to collect the taxpayer identification number and SSN as provided for in 31 U.S.C. 7701; the principal purpose for disclosure of the Social Security number is to identify the individuals conducting business with CBP to assist in regulatory compliance and investigations, and administrative or judicial proceedings; the information collected may be provided to those officers and employees of CBP and any constituent unit of the Department of Homeland Security who have a need to know the information in the performance of their duties; also, the records may be referred to any federal, state, local tribal, territorial, or foreign agency for whom CBP determines may assist in the enforcement of criminal or civil laws, or assist in intelligence or counter-intelligence, or breach notification, or for the compilation of foreign trade statistics and for verifying the existence of the importer and any linkages or affiliations between importers (19 U.S.C. 4320) pursuant to the requirements of Public Law 114-125 (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015); and failure to provide the required information will result in the denial of an importer of record number, the requirement to use a separate party for transactions, and may impact or delay the importation of shipments in international trade.

    PAPERWORK REDUCTION ACT STATEMENT: An agency may not conduct or sponsor an information collection and a person is not required to respond to this information unless it displays a current valid OMB control number and an expiration date. The control number for this collection is 1651-0064. The estimated average time to complete this application is 45 minutes. The obligation to respond is required to obtain a benefit. If you have any comments regarding the burden estimate, you can write to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of International Trade, Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, Washington DC 20229-1177. 

    INSTRUCTIONS TYPE OF ACTION

    Notification of Identification Number - Check this box if this is your first request for services with CBP, or if your current Importer Number is inactive and you wish to activate this number.

    Change of Name - Check this box if the Importer Number is on file but there is a change in the name. Change of Address - Check this box if the Importer Number is on file but there is a change in the address.

    For updates involving changes to an existing IOR other than a “Change of Name” and “Change of Address”, the “TYPE OF ACTION” should be left blank.

    NOTE If a “Change of Address” and/or “Change of Name” is requested for an importer or other party that has an active bond on file with CBP, then a name and/or address rider must accompany this change document, unless the rider is otherwise not required for the bond pursuant to a CBP test announced in the Federal Register, such as CBP’s eBond Test Program, or otherwise not required by CBP’s regulations.

    SECTION 1 - NAME AND IDENTIFICATION NUMBER

    1A - Importer/Business/Private Name - Please indicate the full legal name of the company or individual who will be importing or seeking service or payment. If you are submitting this document as a consignee to the import transaction, sections 1 and 2 must be filled out completely.

    1B - IRS/SSN - Complete this block if you are assigned an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employer identification number or Social Security Number (SSN). If neither an IRS employer identification number nor a Social Security Number (SSN) has been assigned, the word “NONE” shall be written in 1B. The SSN should belong to the principal or owner of the company.

    1C - DIV/AKA/DBA - Complete this block if an importer is a division of another company (DIV), is also known under another name (AKA), or conducts business under another name (DBA).

    1D - Complete this block only if Block 1C is used.

    1E - Request CBP-Assigned Number - Complete this block if you have neither an IRS employer identification number nor an SSN and you require a CBP-Assigned Number, or, you choose to use a CBP-Assigned Number in lieu of your SSN. If you have an IRS employer identification number at the time you submit this form that number will automatically become your importer identification number and no CBP-Assigned Number will be issued. PLEASE NOTE: A CBP-Assigned Number is for CBP use only and does not replace listing an SSN or IRS employer identification number on this form. If you have elected to request a CBP-Assigned Number in lieu of your SSN, you must provide your “Company Position Title, name, and SSNin Block 3J of this form. In general, a CBP- Assigned Number will be issued to foreign businesses or individuals, provided no IRS employer identification number or SSN exists for the requester. A requester can choose to keep using the CBP-Assigned Number even if the individual subsequently acquires an SSN. If block 1E is completed, CBP will issue an assigned number and inform the requester. This identification number will be used for all future CBP transactions when an identification number is required. If an IRS employer identification number, a Social Security Number, or both, are obtained after an identification number has been assigned by CBP, a new CBP Form 5106 form shall not be filed unless requested by CBP.

    1F - CBP-Assigned Number - Complete this block if you have already been assigned a CBP-Assigned Number and there is a requested change in Block "Type of Action".

    1G - Type of Company- Please select the description that accurately describes your company. A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is not a corporation; it is a legal form of company that provides limited liability to its owners.

    1H - Provide an estimate of the number of entries that will be imported into the U.S. in one year, if you are an importer of record.

    1I - Check the boxes which will indicate how the name and identification number will be utilized. If the role of the party is not listed, you can select Otherand then list the specific role for the party. (ex., Transportation carrier, Licensed Customs Brokerage Firm, Container Freight Station, Commercial Warehouse/Foreign Trade Zone Operator, Container Examination Station or Deliver to Party).

    1J thru 1M - If you are currently an active participant in a CBP Partnership Program(s), please provide the program code in Block 1J thru Block 1M of the revised CBP Form 5106 and the information that is contained in Section 3 of the revised CBP Form will not be required. (ex., Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism - CTPAT, Importer Self-Assessment - ISA)

    SECTION 2- ADDRESS INFORMATION
    2A - MAILING ADDRESS (Mailing Address for the named business entity or individual referenced in section 1)

    Street Address 1 - This block must always be completed. It may or may not be the physical location. Insert a post office box number or a street number representing the first line of the mailing address. For a U.S. or Canadian mailing address, additional mailing address information may be inserted. If a P.O. Box number is given for the mailing address, a second address (physical location) must be provided in 2B. This line can be no more than 32 characters long.

    Street Address 2 - If applicable, this block must always be completed with the apartment, suite, floor, and/or room number. This line can be no more than 32 characters long.

    City - Insert the city name of the importer's mailing address.

    CBP Form 5106 (12/18) Page 3 of 4

    State/Province - For a U.S., Canadian, or Mexican mailing address, a 2-character alphabetic code representing the state/province must be provided. All other foreign addresses must either enter a 2-character alphabetic code or, if one does not exist, “FN” in the “State/Province” block.

    Zip Code - For a U.S. mailing address, insert a 5 or 9-digit numeric ZIP code as established by the U.S. Postal Service. For a Canadian mailing address, insert a Canadian postal routing code. For a Mexican mailing address, leave blank. For all other foreign mailing addresses, a postal routing code may be inserted.

    Type of Address - Check the box that describes this address.
    Country ISO Code - For a U.S. mailing address, leave blank. For any foreign mailing address, including Canada and Mexico, insert a

    2-character alphabetic International Standards Organization (ISO) Code representing the country.

    2B - PHYSICAL LOCATION ADDRESS - Please provide the address that is associated with the business or the individual. This address cannot be a P.O. Box, Business Service Center, etc. The address associated with the business can be the principal's home address. The Physical Location Address does not need to be provided on the form if it is the same as the mailing address.

    Street Address 1- If the place of business is the same as the mailing address, leave blank. If different from the mailing address, insert the company's business address in this space. A second address representing the company's place of business is to be provided if the mailing address is a post office box or drawer. This line can be no more than 32 characters long.

    Street Address 2 - If applicable, this block must always be completed with the apartment, suite, floor, and/or room number. This line can be no more than 32 characters long.

    City - Insert the city name for the business address.

    State/Province - For a U.S., Canadian, or Mexican physical location address, a 2-character alphabetic code representing the state/province must be provided. All other foreign addresses must either enter a 2-character alphabetic code or, if one does not exist, “FN” in the “State/Province” block.

    Zip Code - For a U.S. business address, insert a 5 or 9-digit numeric ZIP code as established by the U.S. Postal Service. For a Canadian address, insert a Canadian postal routing code. For a Mexican address, leave blank. For all other foreign addresses, a postal routing code may be inserted.

    Country ISO Code - For a U.S. address, leave blank. For any foreign address, including Canada and Mexico, insert a 2-character alphabetic ISO code representing the country.

    Type of Address - Check the box which describes this address.
    2C - Phone Number - The phone number and extension 2D - Fax Number - The fax number.

    2E - E-mail Address - The e-mail. 2F - Website - The website.

    SECTION 3 - COMPANY INFORMATION In most cases the data elements in this section are optional. However, if the "I have an SSN, but wish to use a CBP-Assigned Number on all my entry documents” option was selected in Block 1E you must provide your “Company Position Title”, name, and SSN in Block 3J.

    The absence of information in section 3 will affect CBP's ability to fully understand the level of risk on subsequent transactions and could result in the delay of cargo release or the processing of refund.

    3A - Provide a brief description of your business.
    3B - Complete this field if you know the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code as defined by the Department of

    Commerce. Provide your 6-digit NAICS code.
    3C - If available, provide the Dun & Bradstreet Number for the name that was presented in section 1.

    3D - If you are an importer who is a self-filer and are using your own filer code, or a broker who also has maintained an identification number, provide the filer code that you will be using to conduct business with CBP.

    3E - Indicate the year in which your company was established.
    3F - Related Businesses Information - List the name and IRS employer identification number, Social Security Number or CBP-Assigned

    Number for each related business and indicate if it is a current or previous related business. 3G - Indicate the primary banking information for the company that is listed in 1B.

    3H - Certificate or Articles of Incorporation - Provide the 2-digit State or insert a 2-character alphabetic ISO Code representing the country in which the articles of incorporation for the business were filed. (As applicable)

    3I - Certificate or Articles of Incorporation - Provide the file, reference, entity, issuance or unique identifying number for the certificate or articles of incorporation, the foreign articles of incorporation, or the business registration number. (As applicable)

    3J - Business Structure/Beneficial Owner/Company Officer The Beneficial Owner is any individual or group of individuals that, either directly or indirectly, has the power to vote or influence the transaction decisions regarding a specific security or one who has the benefits of ownership of a Security (finance) or property and yet does not nominally own the asset itself. Beneficial Owner/ Company Officers must have importing and financial business knowledge of the company listed in section 1 and the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the company listed in section 1 with respect to that knowledge. Please note that in most instances the SSN or Passport Number”, “Country of Issuance”, “Passport Expiration Date”, and “Passport Type, in the absence of an SSN, are optional in this block. However, if the "I have an SSN, but wish to use a CBP-Assigned Number on all my entry documents” option is selected in Block 1E your “Company Position Title”, name, and SSN must be provided in this block.

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