CBP Reviewing Information Collections on FTAs, Harbor Maintenance Fee
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through Jan. 16, 2015, on the proposed extension of the following information collections.
Free Trade Agreements. FTAs involve the collection of data elements such as information about the importer and exporter of the goods, a description of the goods, the tariff classification number and the preference criterion in the rules of origin. Respondents can obtain information on how to make claims under FTAs here. CBP notes that it has increased from 12 minutes to two hours per response its estimate of the time necessary to prepare and submit information related to FTAs.
Harbor Maintenance Fee. The HMF is used to fund the operation and maintenance of certain U.S. channels and harbors by the Army Corps of Engineers. It is collected 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 ACE. 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 submitted with the payment of the HMF. CBP is proposing to amend Form 349 to add the respondent’s email address and fax number.