Is there a problem with importing knives from China?

I want to buy hunting and fishing knives from China.  Is there any issue getting them into Florida?


Importing the knives is not a problem with US Customs, as long as they do not open automatically or are not switchblades which are prohibited items.  Please note there are special marking requirements for knives that state they should be “marked by means of die stamping, cast-in-mold lettering, etching, engraving, or by affixing metal plates to the article.”  There are duties that will apply upon importation into the USA on these items.


Wish you successful sourcing!

Best Regards,

Best Regards,
Mike Bellamy

Board Member, CSIC
Author, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” (
China Operations Director, PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (



Elena Asturias of, a customs broker in the USA, contributed to this response. If the reader needs more information about duty rates or customs clearance, I would be happy to make an introduction or you can contact her via her website.


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