Value for the Informal Entry Limit increased

The United States Government announced that effective on January 7, 2013, it is delivering on its commitment under the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Action Plan through the publication of a final rule in the Federal Register titled Informal Entry Limit and Removal of a Formal Entry Requirement.

This rule will increase the value thresholds to $2,500 for expedited customs clearance from the current levels of $2,000 and facilitate trade for low value shipments. Importers will realize an annual benefit of an estimated $13 million.

On October 28, 2011, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register proposing to amend title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to increase the informal entry limit from $2,000 to $2,500, the maximum statutory limit, in response to inflation and to reduce the burden on importers and other entry filers. CBP received comments on the proposed rule for 60 days. Currently, for any merchandise valued over $2,000, CBP requires importers to provide a surety bond, complete CBP form 7501, and pay a minimum of $25 in Merchandise Processing Fees.


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