entry for consumption

(U.S. Customs) The process of effecting entry of goods into the United States for use in the United States. The entry of merchandise is a two-part process consisting of: (1) filing the documents necessary to determine whether merchandise may be released from Customs custody and (2) filing the documents which contain information for duty assessment and statistical purposes. In certain instances, such as the entry of merchandise subject to quotas, all documents must be filed and accepted by Customs prior to the release of the goods. See entry; entry documents.

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