Us Customs is intended as a starting point for consumers interested in ordering from businesses internationally. Sounds good humm. If you're like me, the jargon combined with endless ifs, ands, or buts make my eyes glaze over followed by a deep sigh. The good news is, companies offering to ship overnight or to the USA understand and have procedures in place to deal with it all.
I've copied these sections from the US Customs official website, left the links intack, and highlighted the sections that seem to provide a basic understanding of how much dollar wise you can have shipped to you for personal use and the names of revelant forms. We need to understand that using the internet to shop world wide is a new concept, so most of the rules and regulations are aimed at the 95% of business users who import goods for resale. So, what's the advantage to you? Each of those businesses incease their prices to cover their expenses and factor in for profit. Sounds fair to me. On the other hand
when you order directly, that "added value" is your savings. You are also increasing your opportunities to find products that may not be available through the usual channels.