U.S. Customs and Border Protection has set forth in a new FAQ a number of implementation dates for a September 2017 final rule amending CBP’s regulations on in-bond transportation. Changes made by this rule include eliminating the paper in-bond application (CBP Form 7512) and requiring the application to be filed electronically, mandating additional data elements on the application (including the six-digit HTSUS number), specifying a 30-day window for in-bond goods to be transported between U.S. ports, and revising the timeframe for reporting or updating in-bond records.
CBP will no longer accept paper copies of Form 7512 as of Jan. 8, 2018, for input of in-bond records and as of Feb. 12 to perform arrival and export functionality. In both cases these functions will be the requirement of the carrier.
However, paper copies may still be required in some instances. If ports require paper copies to be presented at arrival and/or exportation, carriers should continue to provide them. In addition, permit copies of the paper form, properly annotated, must still be submitted to CBP as part of the customs bonded warehouse and foreign-trade zone audit and oversight procedures.
Electronic reporting of diversion to a port other than reported on the in-bond will be required as of Feb. 19 and electronic reporting of bond location (FIRMS code) will be required as of March 12. In both cases, ACE edit will reject arrival if reporting is not done electronically.
HTSUS number requirements will be enforced on a date to be determined. CBP states that at that time it will require filers to provide the six-digit HTSUS number but will also accept the 10-digit number.
CBP notes that as of Nov. 27, the date the revised regulations took effect, any liquidated damage assessments for issues associated with these regulations must be reported to CCS/CSCD for review prior to issuance and liquidated damage assessments for mere technical violations will be discouraged.