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My brother is working in another country that has fresh water pearls he can buy cheaply. How do we arrange to bring the pearls in legally to sell through my LLC?

He has brought some pearls in for personal use, but a lot of people want to purchase them from me. However, I will only do it legally.
Nina Kaufman answered October 19, 2008
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/answer/221696
Commercial merchandise (which this would be, as you're intending to sell the pearls) cannot legally enter the United States unless and until the U.S. Customs Service authorizes it.

The importation of goods is a complex task, with many quirks and regulations. For that reason, many companies use third parties (such as customhouse brokers or freight forwarders) to handle the numerous details.

As it seems you're keen on setting up things properly, speak to an attorney who understands the import process and has experience in this area. He or she should be able to clue you in on what's involved.

Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.