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De Minimis Value for Duty Exemption Now at $800

Friday, March 11, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

A provision in the recently enacted Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act increased the value of goods that may be imported by one person on one day free of duty and tax (the de minimis value) from $200 to $800, effective March 10. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that a programming change was implemented in Automated Commercial Environment production at 12:01 a.m. on March 10 to reflect this change.

As a result, shipments valued at $800 or less are now eligible for release under the same processes and with the same restrictions as previously applied to de minimis shipments of $200 or less. Express air carriers and truck carriers may request an electronic release of such shipments on a manifest up to $800 in declared value. In addition, releases may be posted on ocean, rail and general air carrier manifests for shipments of up to $800. All existing processes for these shipments other than the value will remain unchanged.

CBP intends to publish an interim final rule amending the appropriate regulations and soliciting comments from interested parties as soon as possible.

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