Importing Cameras From China To The US - What Fees / Tariffs?

Don't you have to deal with U.S. Customs when purchasing equipment direct from China? How does that work?

The reason I ask is that we are interested in obtaining Evetar lenses (Xiamen Leading Optics Co.) but they apparently don't sell in the U.S., despite having an office in Claremont, CA. Yes, I know both Axis and Arecont sell Evetar lenses but for the one we are particularly interested in (M125VM3312IRR7, which equals Arecont's MPL33-12A) we would pay around $120 each versus Evetar's quoted price of $34.80 each FOB Xiamen, China. We're just not set up to import.

Can anyone walk me through the intricacies of buying products from a company in mainland China? Customs, freight methods/charges? Etc.

NOTICE: This comment was moved from an existing discussion: Buying Hikvision Chinese Versions Vs USA Ones

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