Alert to Carriers: U.S. Customs and Border Protection “Changes to the In-Bond Process”

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a final rule entitled “Changes to the In-Bond Process”, which incorporated several proposed amendments to the CBP regulations for shipments traveling in-bond.

Key Changes To The In-Bond Process

  • The paper form of the 7512 form for truck shipments traveling in-bond through the United States from Canada has been eliminated.  All in-bond applications will need to be filed electronically by the carrier or their authorized agent.
  • The maximum standard transit time between ports for truck shipments of in-bond merchandise will be 30 days.
  • Carriers will be required to request and receive permission electronically from CBP before diverting in-bond merchandise from its intended destination port to another port.
  • Carriers will be required to report the arrival and location of the in-bond merchandise within 48 hours of arrival at the port of destination or port of exportation.
  • Additional information on the in-bond application will include the six-digit harmonized tariff number if available.

Key Dates Of The Changes

July 2, 2018

The electronic filing of all new in-bond transactions will be the responsibility of the Carrier or their agent.  The paper form 7512 will not longer be accepted for input into ACE by CBP.

August 6, 2018

Mandatory electronic reporting of the arrival and export functions will be the responsibility of the carrier. In addition, Carriers will be required to electronically report diversion to a port other than the original port of destination .  The bonded cargo location will be required to be reported electronically in the form of firms code. ACE edits will be in place to reject arrival in this is not provided.

No Date Set

No date has been set for the implementation of the provision requiring the six digit harmonized tariff number.

How Do Carriers Meet These New Compliance Measurements?

Carriers can electronically file their in-bond applications, arrivals and export reporting, and diversion request through their ACE secure data portal.  If you do not have an ACE portal account you can find more information on how to secure one by clicking here.

How You Can Get Assistance To File Your Electronic In-Bond Data

If the carrier does not have an ACE portal account and does not want to obtain one, PCB can file the electronic in-bond data for you.  The carrier will need to contact us to get an account established, including a customs power of attorney to allow us to conduct customs business on behalf of your company.

The carrier is responsible for submitting the information regarding arrival, export or diversion requests to us for timely submission to U.S. Customs.

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