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CBP Easing Reviews of Entry Summaries for Goods Headed to Military Contractors

Monday, July 22, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

HTSUS 9808.00.30 allows duty-free treatment for articles for military departments when the materials are certified to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Previously there was a 100% review requirement for these entries, as the duty-free certificate had to be reviewed against the entry summary.

CBP now states that as of July 15 it has reduced this review requirement from 100% to a percentage that reflects effective risk management. CBP’s receipt of a duty-free certificate (if one is received when there was no initial “docs required” message) should be returned with a note stating that this certificate should be maintained and provided upon request by CBP, which will no longer have a paper entry against which to match the certificate. However, CBP notes that for those validation activities opened prior to July 18, review of the duty-free certificate against the entry summary should continue, as should the appropriate completion of the validation activity and the liquidation of the entry summary.

CBP states that this change has no impact on the processing of P99 entries and is strictly in reference to HTSUS 9808 merchandise heading to a military contractor.   

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