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Entry and Immediate Delivery Application Under Review

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through May 23 on the proposed extension without change of forms CBP 3461 and 3461 ALT, Entry and Immediate Delivery Application and Simplified Entry.

There are two procedures available to effect the release of imported merchandise: entry and immediate delivery. Under both procedures, CBP Forms 3461 and 3461 ALT are the source documents in the packages presented to CBP. The information collected on these forms allows CBP officers to verify that the information regarding the consignee and shipment is correct and that a bond is on file. CBP also uses these forms to close out the manifest and establish the obligation to pay estimated duties in the time period prescribed by law or regulation. CBP Form 3461 is also a delivery authorization document and is given to the importing carrier to authorize the release of the merchandise.

Simplified Entry is a program for ACE entry summary filers in which importers or brokers may file simplified entry data in lieu of filing CBP Form 3461. This data consists of 12 required elements: importer of record, buyer name and address, buyer employer identification number (consignee number), seller name and address, manufacturer/supplier name and address, Harmonized Tariff Schedule ten-digit number; country of origin, bill of lading, house air waybill number, bill of lading issuer code, entry number, entry type, and estimated shipment value. Three optional data elements are the container stuffing location, consolidator name and address, and ship-to party name and address.

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