Background

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is continuing the transition of its collection processes to the Automated Commercial Environment with enhancements to its debt management processes designed to increase transparency and access to information for debtors and sureties.

Effective March 21 CBP will enable importers of record, licensed customs brokers, and other ACE account users who owe debts to CBP to electronically view bill sanction status and protest details in the unpaid, open bill details report in ACE. Specifically, the new report information includes five data elements. The first is an indicator as to whether the unpaid, open bill has put the account holder on national sanction. The other four – protest number, date of protest filing, processing status of the protest, and date of CBP’s decision on the protest (if applicable) – will be included if an administrative protest is associated with an open, unpaid bill.

Additionally, as of May 1 sureties will have the option to electronically view monthly reports listing open delinquent bills by importer name (i.e., the Formal Demand on Surety for Payment of Delinquent Amounts Due, informally referred to as the 612 report). Sureties will also be able to view data from, at a minimum, three previous monthly reports (though this data will not remain available indefinitely in ACE). CBP will also make improvements to the content and design of the mailed 612 report, which will remain the official notice to sureties.

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