U.S. Customs and Border Protection advised this week that it has issued a “blanket” authorization to allow the release of most types of merchandise on or after December 16 and through December 31 under Immediate Delivery procedures.
This authorization is offered annually to filers who may want to take advantage of interim Harmonized Tariff Schedule changes that take effect on or after the start of the next year; i.e., January 1, 2021.
Goods Not Covered
The blanket authorization does not apply to absolute quota merchandise and goods moved under an immediate transportation entry (type 61).
Tariff-rate quota goods previously authorized for ID release may still be released, however, but require the entry summary to be presented within 10 working days or within the quota period, whichever expires first.
Optimizing Your Entry Date
Automated Broker Interface entry transmissions, including the “paperless” provisional messages, will establish the desired entry date by using the estimated entry date in the summary transmission.
This enables you to identify the change from entry to ID thereby allowing for the selection of an entry date required to take advantage of duty rate changes or special programs.
Importers looking to utilize ID provisions for the remainder of the year are required to submit a notification to this effect to the Center Director and via the Document Image System prior to release.
Under ID procedures, the entry/entry summary must be filed within 10 working days after release.
It should be noted that CBP indicates “no grace period will be granted for the purpose of timely filing ID entry summaries under this one-time allowance.”
Need More Information?
Should you have questions about submitting a ID notification or other aspects of this policy, don’t hesitate to contact one of our knowledgeable trade experts.