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CBP Reviewing Info Collections on Goods Transfers, AD/CV Duties, Assembly, Liens, Vessels

Monday, September 12, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through Nov. 8 on the proposed extension of the following information collections.

- Form 3499, Application and Approval to Manipulate, Examine, Sample, or Transfer Goods: This form is used as an application to perform various operations on goods located at a CBP approved bonded facility. It is filed by importers, consignees, transferees, or owners of goods and is subject to approval by the port director. The data requested on this form identifies the goods for which action is being sought and specifies what operation is to be performed. This form may also be approved as a blanket application to manipulate goods for up to one year for a continuous or repetitive manipulation.

- Form 7401, Distribution of Continuing Dumping and Subsidy Offset to Affected Domestic Producers: This collection is used to make distributions of funds pursuant to the CDSOA, which prescribed the administrative procedures under which antidumping and countervailing duties assessed on imported products are distributed to affected domestic producers that petitioned for or supported the issuance of the order under which the duties were assessed. The amount of any distribution is based on certain qualifying expenditures that producers incur after the issuance of the order or finding up to the Oct. 1, 2007, effective date of the CDSOA’s repeal. A notice is published each year to inform claimants that they can make claims under the CDSOA, which must be filed via this form.

- Foreign Assembler’s Declaration (with Endorsement by Importer): This declaration includes information such as the quantity, value, and description of the imported goods, is made by the person who performed the assembly operations abroad, and includes an endorsement by the importer. It is used to determine whether the operations performed are within the purview of HTSUS 9802.00.80 and therefore eligible for preferential tariff treatment.

- Form 3485, Lien Notice: The claimant of a lien for freight can notify CBP of the lien via this form and CBP may not permit delivery of the goods from a public store or bonded warehouse until the lien is satisfied or discharged. This form is usually prepared and submitted to CBP by carriers, cartmen, and similar persons or firms. The data collected is used by CBP to ensure that liens have been satisfied or discharged before delivery of the freight from public stores or bonded warehouses and to ensure that proceeds from public auction sales are distributed to the lienholder.

- Form 1300, Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement: This form is used to collect essential commercial vessel data at the time of formal entrance and clearance in U.S. ports. It allows the master to attest to the truthfulness of all CBP forms associated with the manifest package and collects information about the vessel, cargo, purpose of entrance, certificate numbers, and expiration for various certificates. It also serves as a record of fees and tonnage tax payments to prevent overpayments.

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