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2018 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and Fee Submission Begins Dec. 15

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

CBP-logo-1Customs Brokers… don’t forget!

 

The submission period for the 2018 CBP Triennial Status Report and fee for all licensed Customs brokers opens Dec. 15, 2017, and runs through Feb. 28, 2018.

The deadline for submitting the 2018 triennial status report and fee is Feb. 28, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Over 14,000 active U.S. Customs brokers can pay electronically through Pay.gov with a credit card, debit card, and digital wallet payments, e.g., PayPal and Amazon Pay. No additional fees are charged for any payments, and receipts are provided electronically. CBP encourages brokers to submit fees electronically via Pay.gov; however, a paper status report and payment may be submitted to the port that originally delivered the license.

Licensed Customs brokers must include an employee list, if applicable, with each status report submitted to CBP in accordance with 19 CFR 111.28(b). In addition, each individually licensed broker must state whether or not he/she still meets the applicable requirements of 19 CFR 111.11 and 111.19 and has not engaged in any conduct that could constitute grounds for suspension or revocation under section 111.53. Broker employee lists and any additional detail can be submitted as a PDF file attachment to the Pay.gov online form.

Click here to learn more about filing options and requirements for the 2018 Triennial submission.

 

Switch from ACS to ACE Means Changes to Consignee and Importer Queries

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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The ability to query a consignee in ACS was shut off with the  September 15, 2017 ACE deployment, and CBP is not planning to create this same ability in the new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).  Read on:

In CBP’s legacy system, ACS, there was a way to query a consignee “as a means for filers to obtain a number which may be used as the ultimate consignee number in cargo release and border cargo release processing when the actual consignee number is not immediately available.”  The application identifier associated with this query was ‘KN.’

This Consignee Name/Address Query transaction allowed a filer to query ACS’s Importer File by transmitting the name and address for an ultimate consignee of interest and receiving a name and address information plus the consignee identification number.

Most importantly, this functionality also provided the ability to determine if CBP had assigned an identification number to a non-resident importer of record.  This feature was a valuable tool for brokers, but no longer.

In a response from the ACE Support Hotline, CBP stated; “U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is aware of the trade communities concerns related to the discontinuation of the KN application in the Automated Commercial System (ACS). At this time, CBP has decided not to develop or transition the KN application in the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). To query a Foreign-Based Importer of Record (IOR) number that is already on file with CBP, filers should contact their local or Remote Location Filing (RLF) ports to obtain the CBP-Assigned  IOR number.”

This is one update to ACE that seems to run contrary to the tenant of making information more accessible and transparent.  Brokers and local CBP port staff will have to take additional, and sometimes manual steps to determine this information.

What exactly are CBP’s downtime procedures?

Friday, November 17th, 2017

ACEA follow up to our earlier blog regarding the downtime experienced on ACE on November 14,  CBP has released the following formal statement.  In it, they discuss the outage, their evaluation of the current downtime procedures, and what steps they are taking to further enhance their procedures.  CBP is also working closely with Commercial Operations Advisory Council (COAC) to identify areas of concern, and NCBFAA is seeking feedback from it’s members to assist.

CBP Statement Regarding ACE System Status

November 15, 2017

The ACE system resumed cargo processing at approximately 10:00 p.m. EST last night and continues to process normally.  All transactions backlogged in the queue were processed as of approximately 1:00 a.m. EST.  Our technicians, in collaboration with IBM technicians, are working around the clock to identify the root cause of the disruption to the ACE database.  We do know that this issue and the Aug. 2 outage issue are unrelated.

CBP executive leadership continues to communicate with our ports receiving initial reports that downtime procedures worked as expected. The Office of Field Operations is using this event to perform an evaluation of these procedures by polling the ports to identify issues or deficiencies, as well as best practices, in order to enhance our downtime procedures.  In addition, CBP client representatives are continuing to assess impacts to trade.  Further, CBP will continue engaging the COAC Outage working group and other trade partners to identify areas of concern surrounding operations and our response to the event.

CBP’s New Announcement on the Transition of Duty Statements to ACE

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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On Wednesday, November 8th, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register announcing the transition of Daily and Preliminary Monthly Statements to ACE. “As of December 9th, 2017, ACE will be the sole CBP-authorized EDI system for generating, transmitting and updating daily and monthly statements, and ACE will no longer be a CBP authorized EDI system for such purpose”. The one exception is Reconciliation entries (type 09) which are scheduled to be deployed to ACE on February 24th, 2018.

Also scheduled to transition to ACE on December 9th is the ability to file e214’s, for FTZ admission, and
the creation and maintenance of Manufacturer ID’s (MID.

In addition to Reconciliation entries, the release scheduled for February 24th includes:
• Drawback: Support for core trade processing and
TFTEA provisions
• Liquidation
• Transition:
›Automated Surety Interface (ASI)
(Entry Summary Nightly, Entry Summary Quarterly, and Monthly Continuous Bond
Extracts)
• Reconciliation
• HTS Query
• eBond
› Drawback Bond Decrementation
› Continuous Bond Sufficiency

No additional ACE deployments are scheduled beyond this release at this time.

Additional Information Regarding New Electronic In-bond Requirements

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

As an update to our Blog article of October 24th, on last Thursday’s ACE Technical Call it was announced that CBP has been receiving many questions regarding the new automated in-bond requirements which are scheduled to go into effect on November.

CBP confirmed on the call that currently they are not planning on requiring any additional information on electronic In-Bonds beyond what they receive today.  For instance, the 6-digit HTS number will not be required initially.  Rather, CBP’s Office of Field Operations will be issuing guidance soon on how they intend to role this out with ‘delayed enforcement.’

Stay tuned for more details!

 

Adjustments to MPF and HMF in 2018!

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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On November 1 st, 2017, CBP published a General Notice in the Federal Register titled ‘COBRA Fees To Be
Adjusted for Inflation in the fiscal year 2018 CBP Dec. 17–17’.  This announces a change to current import entry fees, which importers need to be aware of.

By way of background, CBP explains that “On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface
Transportation Act (FAST Act, Pub. L. 114–94) was signed into law. Section 32201 of the FAST Act
amended section 13031 of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 (19
U.S.C. 58c) by requiring certain customs COBRA user fees and corresponding limitations to be adjusted
by the Secretary of the Treasury (Secretary) to reflect certain increases in inflation ”.

The long-and-short of it for the majority of importers, is that the Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF) will be
adjusted to a minimum of $25.67. The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) cap will be adjusted to $497.99.

This change will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

Modifications to PSC and PMS Processes

Monday, November 6th, 2017

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Customs and Border Patrol Changes Timing

 

 

The Post Summary Correction has been modified. Out with the old requirements of 270 days from the date of entry and 20 days prior to scheduled liquidation date, and in with the new:300 days from the date of entry and 15 days from the scheduled date of liquidation (whichever is earlier).

Read the Modification and Clarification of the National Customs Automation Program Tests Regarding Post Summary Corrections Here

 

Advance Screening for Air Freight to Continue

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

On July 24th, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register notice announcing an extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program which was due to expire on July 26, 2017. The program has been extended for another year.

In brief, the ACAS pilot revises the time frame for pilot participants to transmit a subset of mandatory advance electronic information for air cargo of no later than the time of departure of the aircraft for the United States (from specified locations) or four hours prior to arrival in the United States for all other locations.

The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants agree to submit a subset of the required 19 CFR 122.48a data elements (ACAS data) at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. The ACAS data is used to target high-risk air cargo.

To address air cargo security vulnerabilities, CBP intends to amend the CBP regulations to incorporate ACAS as an ongoing regulatory program. The regulation will take into account the results of the pilot and the concerns of industry. CBP would like the pilot to continue during the rulemaking process to provide continuity in the flow of advance air cargo security information and serve as a partial stop-gap security measure. CBP would also like to continue to provide pilot participants with the additional opportunity to adjust and test business procedures and operations in preparation for the forthcoming rule.

Changes ahead for 2018: Reconciliation Entries and ACE Transitioning

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

With the processing of reconciliation entries transitioning to ACE on February 24, 2018, we wanted to let our readers understand the practical results.  For instance:

  • ACE will be the sole mechanism to file Reconciliation entries (even if the underlying entries were filed in ACS)
  • Importers may choose the port in which to file
  • CBP will no longer blanket flag an importer’s entries for Reconciliation.  Self-filing importers, as well as those entries processed by a 3rd party broker, will need to be flagged individually.
  • You cannot file a PSC to adjust an entry to be flagged for Recon.  The only recourse is to request that CBP flag your entry retroactively.  This request must be made within 60 days of liquidation.
  • Importers indicate whether any of the underlying entries in a Reconciliation entry were subject to a prior disclosure
  • No-change Reconciliations will only need to identify the underlying entry numbers and original entered values, duties, and fees not being reported for aggregate or entry-by-entry Reconciliations.

CBP will also no longer provide the MasterFile Extract and Liquidation Extract Reports to importers that provided detail on entries flagged for Reconciliation. Importers may utilize ACE reports to identify those entry numbers going forward. For an unknown limited amount of time, ITRAC reports will also still be available; though it is likely they will be discontinued as well.

While we look forward to certain aspects of CBP’s transition of Reconciliation entries to ACE, such as the elimination of reporting of original values, duties, and fees, there are some aspects of which we are wary. In particular, because CBP can no longer blanket flag entries and will only grant retroactive requests to flag at its discretion and for a limited amount of time, it is very important to both trust and monitors your customs brokers’ entry flagging.

Importers can work with their customs brokers to enact a blanket flag, just as CBP had been doing, or if they had been entry-by-entry flagging, work with their customs brokers to mimic the conditions for which they had been previously flagging their entries. Additionally, given the glitches, we have seen when other programs have transitioned to ACE, and the fact that many Reconciliation entries are due in October, importers, and CBP should allow ample time to sort things out before the first Reconciliation due date arrives.  Read more here.

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Advanced Screening for Air Freight to Continue

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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On July 24th, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) published a Federal Register notice announcing an extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program which was due to expire on July 26, 2017. The program has been extended for another year.

 
In brief, the ACAS pilot revises the time frame for pilot participants to transmit a subset of mandatory advance electronic information for air cargo of no later than the time of departure of the aircraft for the United States (from specified locations) or four hours prior to arrival in the United States for all other locations.

 

The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants agree to submit a subset of the required 19 CFR 122.48a data elements (ACAS data) at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. The ACAS data is used to target high-risk air cargo.

 
To address air cargo security vulnerabilities, CBP intends to amend the CBP regulations to incorporate ACAS as an ongoing regulatory program. The regulation will take into account the results of the pilot and the concerns of industry. CBP would like the pilot to continue during the rulemaking process to provide continuity in the flow of advance air cargo security information and serve as a partial stop-gap security measure. CBP would also like to continue to provide pilot participants with the additional opportunity to adjust and test business procedures and operations in preparation for the forthcoming rule.