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What is an Import License?

An import license is an official document (permit) from a government that allows you to import certain goods or services into a country.


Generally speaking, you’ll only need to get an import license if you want to import items that could potentially pose a health risk - for example, alcohol, tobacco, firearms, fertilizers, animals, drugs and food.


Each of these items has a corresponding governing body, who will ask you all sorts of questions before they decide whether you can be trusted with a license to import said item.


For example, if you wished to import food containing animal products into the United States, you would need to apply for an import license to The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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