Blanket Year-End CBP Authorization for Immediate Delivery Procedures
In a Dec. 15 message, U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a blanket authorization for immediate delivery procedures for merchandise to be released on or after Dec. 15 and until Dec. 31. This authorization is offered to filers who may want to take advantage of interim Harmonized Tariff Schedule changes that take effect on or after Jan. 1, 2012.
This blanket authorization does not apply to absolute quota merchandise and merchandise moved under an immediate transportation entry. Tariff-rate quota merchandise previously authorized for ID release may still be released under ID, but the entry summary must be presented within 10 working days after release or within the quota period, whichever expires first.
In those instances where the paper CF 3461/CF 3461 (ALT) is used as the entry document and importers wish to elect ID, a line must be drawn through the word “entry” on the document. Automated Broker Interface entry transmissions, including the “paperless” provisional message, will establish the desired entry date by using the estimated entry date in the summary (EI) transmission. This will identify the change from entry to ID and allow filers to elect a date of entry in order to take advantage of duty rate changes or special programs. Under ID procedures, the entry/entry summary must be filed within 10 working days after release.
CBP stresses that no grace period will be granted for the purpose of timely filing ID entry summaries under this one-time allowance.