On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register notice (81 FR 32339-32340) announcing, effective July 23, 2016, that the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for electronic entry and entry summary filings (for all filers). On the effective date the electronic filings listed immediately below must be formatted for submission in ACE, and will no longer be accepted in the Automated Commercial System (ACS). 01--Consumption--Free and Dutiable 02--Consumption--Quota/Visa 03--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty 06--Consumption--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) 07--Consumption--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty and Quota/ Visa Combination 11--Informal--Free and Dutiable 12--Informal--Quota/Visa (other than textiles) 21--Warehouse 22--Re-Warehouse 23--Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) 31--Warehouse Withdrawal--Consumption 32--Warehouse Withdrawal--Quota 34--Warehouse Withdrawal--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty 38--Warehouse Withdrawal--Antidumping/Countervailing Duty & Quota/Visa Combination 51--Defense Contract Administration Service Region (DCASR) 52--Government--Dutiable 61--Immediate Transportation 62--Transportation and Exportation 63--Immediate Exportation 69--Transit (Rail only) 70--Multi-Transit (Rail only) Until CBP publishes a future Federal Register notice, with a transition date, the following entry types must continue to be filed only in ACS. 08--NAFTA Duty Deferral 09--Reconciliation Summary 41--Direct Identification Manufacturing Drawback 42--Direct Identification Unused Merchandise Drawback 43--Rejected Merchandise Drawback 44--Substitution Manufacturer Drawback 45--Substitution Unused Merchandise Drawback 46--Other Drawback Filings for the below entry types will not be automated in ACS or ACE. 04--Appraisement 05--Vessel--Repair 24--Trade Fair 25--Permanent Exhibition 26--Warehouse--Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) (Admission) 33--Aircraft and Vessel Supply (For Immediate Exportation) 64--Barge Movement 65--Permit to Proceed 66--Baggage
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On April 27, 2016 the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published (81 FR 24837-24839) a General Notice announcing their intentions to "conduct a National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) test relating to truck shipments of commercial goods that transit from a point of origination in Canada through the United States to a point of destination in Canada." These shipments are domestic Canadian shipments that transit through the U.S.
Instead of presenting the required paper manifest form (Customs Form 7512–B Canada 81⁄2), test participants will submit an in-transit manifest electronically. In addition, the value data element requirement will be relaxed and they will not be required to provide the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number.
On March 10, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it has raised the value of a shipment of merchandise imported by one person on one day that can generally be allowed to be imported free of duties and taxes from $200 to $800.
CBP will publish an Interim Final Rule that amends the appropriate regulations. Please note that CBP reserves the right to require a formal entry on any shipment where they believe it is required. In addition, the duty and tax free treatment can be denied if it is used for the purpose of avoiding compliance with any law or regulation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection provides the trade community with some basic tips on importing into and exporting out of the Customs territory of the United States. Click on the following hyperlink to go to the relevant web page: "Basic Importing and Exporting".