Test to Ease Entry of Containers with Cargo Residue Postponed Indefinitely
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has delayed indefinitely the launch of a test concerning the manifesting and entry of residue found in instruments of international traffic. This test had been slated to begin Nov. 25, but CBP states that more time is needed to address remaining concerns. CBP anticipates announcing a future test date after further consultations with the trade community.
In August CBP announced plans to begin phased-in enforcement of ruling HQ H026715, which holds that containers arriving as instruments of international traffic and having residual cargo should not be manifested as empty and instead requires residue within such containers to be classified, entered and manifested. However, given trade community concerns that this requirement would be overly burdensome, CBP also said it would launch a one-year, nationwide test allowing for a new residue entry that can be made off the manifest and is designed to capture residue in containers that will be cleaned or refilled. Parties not wishing to participate in this test would be required to classify, enter and manifest (formal or informal entry) residual cargo in accordance with the underlying statutes and their implementing regulations.