Many in the trade have only a limited understanding of which imported products are subject to FCC regulation and must be declared on entry. Generally speaking, importers are aware that computers, monitors, printers, microprocessors and the like trigger FCC review, but technically the reach is broad. According to FCC’s Equipment Authorization Approval Guide – Importation:
* The FCC regulates radio frequency devices contained in electronic-electrical products that are capable of emitting radio frequency energy by radiation, conduction, or other means.
* These products have the potential to cause interference to radio services operating in the radio frequency range of 9 kHz to 3000 GHz. Most, but not all, of these products must be tested and demonstrate compliance to FCC rules for each type of electrical function (referred to as a device) that is contained in a product.
As suggested in the Approval Guide, the relevant HTS numbers have been flagged in ACE to provide additional guidance if you have specific questions on particular products.. This information is fairly fluid so it may be best to gain access to it through an ABI software vendor. CustomsNow™ offers a robust, stand-alone Import Trade Management solution (parts file) to store and manage ALL information for US imported products. Our ITM solution holds up to 134 item attributes – that’s EVERYTHING that CBP or PGAs such as FCC require at the time of entry. We also have a home to tie related documentation, such as C/O certs, rulings, and more, directly to the item.