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Merchandise fee for processing (MPF) entries increases

On Friday, October 21, 2011, H.R. 2832 became law.  The main purpose of the statute is to extend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which expired on December 31, 2010, through July 31, 2013.   However, to offset the estimated cost of lost tariffs associated with expanding the GSP benefits, H.R. 2832 increases US Customs’ MPF, or merchandise fee for processing entries, (Class Code 499) from 0.21% to 0.3464%.

Currently, Customs is modifying the Automated Broker Interface to accept the new rate, which will apply to entries filed via ACS and ACE between October 1, 2011 and June 30, 2014.  CBP has indicated that it will provide the trade with one week’s notice before it is able to accept the new MPF rate.

Customs’ official notice regarding the rate increase can be found here.

3 Responses to “Merchandise fee for processing (MPF) entries increases”

  1. rblackwell says:

    According to US Customs, it will be ready to accept the new MPF (class code 499) rate of 0.003464 on Saturday, November 5, 2011, at approximately 7:30 AM. Official notice: http://apps.cbp.gov/csms/viewmssg.asp?Recid=18520&page=&srch_argv=11-000274&srchtype=all&btype=&sortby=&sby=

  2. rblackwell says:

    An updated “Merchandise Processing Fee and Preferential Trade Programs” table highlighting
    the treatment of the merchandise processing fee (MPF) by the various preferential trade programs was posted on May 25, 2012 to the CBP website. http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/trade_programs/international_agreements/merchandise_fee/

  3. [...] now?  If you recall, CBP increased the MPF rate last October 1.  Unfortunately, the agency did not complete programming to reflect the new rate [...]

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