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CBP Updates for the New Year

There are major changes being deployed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the months of December and January that will affect importers. Below you will find information regarding the expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and CBP increases to entry fees.
CBP Changes for the New Year

GSP Set to Expire on December 31st, 2017

To date, US Congress has not taken the necessary steps to avoid the expiration of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). Unless Congress acts in the next week, GSP will expire at midnight on December 31, 2017. Therefore, the special program indicator (SPI) “A,” “A+” and “A*” will expire for goods entered or withdrawn from warehouse after midnight, December 31, 2017.

DACHSER will continue to flag all GSP-eligible entries, but any applicable duties on these entries will be due and paid by the importer. If Congress reinstates the program to the date it expires at some point in the future, US Customs will most likely issue automatic refunds on entries that were properly flagged during the lapse of the program.

Read more on the CBP website.

Entry Fees Increasing Effective January 1, 2018

Under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), US Customs will be increasing certain entry fees as part of the importing procedures to the United States. This includes the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) which is assessed on most goods brought into the United States. Below is a complete list of the fees affected.

  • Dutiable Mail Fee—Currently at $5.50 will be $5.65
  • MPF Minimum—Currently $25.00 will be $25.67
  • MPF Maximum—Currently $485.00 will be $497.99
  • No change to the Ad Valorem MPF rate calculated on the line items themselves.
  • Informal Fee—Currently $2.00 will be $2.05
  • Manual Surcharge—Currently $3.00 will be $3.08 
  • Informal/Manual combination –Currently $6.00 will be $6.16

Click here for the official notice.

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