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CBP User Fees Increasing October 1st

Posted July 31, 2020

U.S. Customs & Border Protection has announced that effective October 1, 2020, it will be increasing the agency’s user fees by roughly 9% in order to adjust for the cost of inflation.
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MPF Background


For formal entries (merchandise value exceeding $2,500 USD) MPF is assessed on the value of the goods at 0.3464% of the entered value. The current minimum amount is $26.79 USD and the maximum is $519.76 USD. For informal entries (goods valued under $2,500 USD) a flat MPF fee of $2.14 USD applies. The fee is paid at the time of import and is assessed on the customs entry along with any applicable duties/fees.

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Fee Increases 


The annually mandated increase applies to the minimum/maximum Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF), as well as truck, rail and vessel arrival fees, as follows:  

  • MPF Minimum: $27.23 (previously $26.79) |  Note: The transactional MPF rate of 0.3464% will remain unchanged.
  • MPF Maximum: $528.33 (previously $519.76)
  • Dutiable Mail Fee: $5.99 (previously $5.89)
  • Commercial Truck Arrival:  $5.95 / $108.93 annual cap (Previously $5.85 / $107.17)
  • Rail Car Arrival:  $8.99 / $108.93 annual cap (Previously $8.84 / $107.17)
  • Commercial Vessel Arrival:  $476.04 / $6486.99 annual cap (Previously $468.32 / $6381.77)
  • Barge and Other Bulk Carrier Arrival:  $119.83 / $1,634.00 annual cap (Previously $117.88 / $1,607.50)
  • Private Vessel or Aircraft First Arrival/Calendar Year Prepayment:  $29.96 (Previously $29.47)
  • Commercial Vessel or Aircraft Passenger Arrival:  $5.99 (Previously $5.89), or $2.10 from a U.S. Territory
  • Customs Broker Permit:  $150.33 (Previously $147.89)
  • Express Consignment Carrier/Centralized Hub Facility, per Individual Waybill/Bill of Lading:  $0.38 minimum, $1.09 maximum (Previously $0.38 / $1.07)
  • Surcharge for Manual Entry or Release:  $3.27 (Previously $3.21)
  • Informal Entry or Release Not Prepared by CBP Personnel:  $2.18 automated, $6.54 manual (Previously $2.14 / $6.43)
  • Informal Entry or Release Prepared by CBP Personnel:  $9.80 (Previously $9.64)

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