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Foreign citizen starting an importing business in USA

Asked by: Paul Lu  — 3 December, 2013


I am a paper packaging manufacturer from Taiwan and i would like to set up a company in USA.

The company will import the bags from Taiwan and then are stored and distributed frmo the 3rd party warehouse & logistic company at State CA.

My question is:

1. To set up an company that can importing goods, what type of company should i register?

2. What do I need to be able to import? (eg EIN, local address?)
Please advise the things things that I must provide in order to import goods into USA.

3. How will this type of business be taxed according to the law of USA.

Kind Regards,

JJG Taiwan

Answered by: admin  — 3 December, 2013

Dear Paul,

Allow me to answer your questions one by one:

1. – You would be able to register an LLC or a C-Corporation, which you may click here to compare side-by-side. Also, we have a research article titled ‘Choosing Business Entity‘ which you should find very helpful.

2. – You may register a U.S. company and obtain the company EIN by applying conveniently online using the basic information: name and home address of each member (may be non-U.S. address), name and address for business, and we would need a valid email address for each member. Depending on the type of goods you are importing, you may need to check with customs agencies in the U.S. ( and the country they are shipped from to see if you would require any special licensing or face any restrictions.

3. While we are professional incorporators, we are a separate professional field than licensed accountants, so we cannot give proper tax advice. We have a resource section titled ‘U.S. Taxation for Foreigners‘ which specifically addresses the common tax questions.

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