U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued guidance on the procedures for requesting a refund of duties paid during the Oct. 1 through Oct. 14 lapse of the U.S.-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act. Legislation extending the CBTPA from Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2030, was recently signed into law.

Importers may file a post-summary correction requesting a refund of duties paid on goods that were eligible for CBTPA during the lapsed period. The PSC must be filed in a timely manner. If the entry has already liquidated, the refund request may be submitted as a protest.

On and after Oct. 15, the Automated Commercial Environment will accept CBTPA claims (special program indicator “R”) as well as the following provisional HTSUS numbers for textile and apparel goods: 9820.11.03, 9820.11.06, 9820.11.09, 9820.11.12, 9820.11.15, 9820.11.18, 9820.11.21, 9820.11.24, 9820.11.27, 9820.11.30, 9820.11.33, 9802.00.8044, and 9802.00.8046.

Importations made on or before Sept. 30, 2020, remain unaffected by these instructions. Importers may continue to make post-importation CBTPA claims in accordance with applicable PSC and protest procedures.

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