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Harbor Maintenance Fee, Lien Notice Forms Under Review by CBP

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through Feb. 26 comments on the proposed extension of the following information collections.

Harbor Maintenance Fee. The HMF and Trust Fund is used for the operation and maintenance of certain U.S. channels and harbors by the Army Corps of Engineers. CBP is required to collect the HMF from importers, domestic shippers and passenger vessel operators using federal navigation projects. Commercial cargo loaded on or unloaded from a commercial vessel is subject to a port use fee of 0.125 percent of its value if the loading or unloading occurs at a port that has been designated by the Corps. The HMF also applies to the total ticket value of  embarking and disembarking passengers and on cargo admissions into a foreign-trade zone.

CBP Form 349, HMF Quarterly Summary Report, and CBP Form 350, HMF Amended Quarterly Summary Report, are completed by domestic shippers, FTZ applicants and passenger vessel operators and  submitted with payment. CBP proposes to amend Form 349 to add the respondent’s email address and fax number.

Lien Notice. The claimant of a lien for freight can notify CBP in writing of the existence of a lien and CBP must not permit delivery of the merchandise from a public store or bonded warehouse until the lien is satisfied or discharged. Claimants file such notifications on CBP Form 3485, Lien Notice. This form is usually prepared and submitted to CBP by carriers, cartmen and similar persons or firms. The data collected on this form 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.

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