I am planning to import and sell knives from Argentina. The idea is to start with a grassroots strategy of showing samples of the knife sets and the options of different handles (exotic woods) along with creating a brochure I can hand out. The knives would be made to order by the set, rather than bulk, and then directly shipped to the US.
I obviously don't expect this business to explode overnight. Starting at this small level is it critical that I get an importing license? If so, would I need an LLC to obtain one?
Understand that I have no experience in importing or creating a company so please advice on all levels.
As far as I researched, the only restriction on importation of knives into the US applies to switchblade knives and other spring-loaded knives. I recommend you to research this topic with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
As far as organizing your business as an LLC, I would say it might be a good idea, given the fact you plan to trade sell a rather "dangerous" commodity (I know, its debatable, but still).