Parcel delivery to American Samoa
American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States in the South Pacific. It is just south east of the Independent State of Samoa, near Fiji and Tonga. The total area of the island is about 197 square kilometers with a population of over 55,000 people. American Samoa is an independent customs territory. The capital is Pago Pago. The seat of government is Fagatogo. And the largest city is Tafuna. The official languages are English and Samoan.
Customs for parcel shipping to American Samoa
All imports and people entering American Samoa must pass through American Samoa Immigration and Customs. As an unincorporated territory of the United States, American Samoa is subject to the same customs regulations. US Customs is administered by Customs and Border Protection (CPB) a division of the US Department of Homeland Security. CBP is the largest branch of Homeland Security. Their top priority is keeping terrorists and weapons out of US territory.
Security concerns when shipping parcels to American Samoa
The following imports are prohibited to import to American Samoa: illicit narcotics, some medications, absinthe, planst and their products, soil, livestock, pests, biological samples, unprocessed fish or fish eggs, products made in Iran or Cuba or Myanmar or Sudan, leather souvenirs from Haiti, products from endangered animals and plants, unregistered cultural artifacts from Byzantine period, Pre-Columbian period, Khmer sculptures, dog and cat fur, copyright infringements, pornography, subversive material, hazardous materials and dangerous goods.
Parcel documents delivering to American Samoa
American Samoa does offer paperless invoices for imports and exports. There should be one original invoice and two copies. The cosignee's full contact information should appear on the invoice, including the telephone number. A standard declaration is recommended for those who wish to receive preferential treatment towards taxes and duties. The declaration includes a commercial invoice and a certificate of origin. This declaration must be stamped by customs of the export country.