U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently issued guidance to the trade community regarding additional data that may be provided with protest submissions, which have increased markedly over the past couple of years. To assist CBP with processing protests, the agency is recommending that protest filers upload a spreadsheet into the Automated Commercial Environment Protest Module containing certain data elements that may be used to update the entry summaries for approved protests. While submission of the spreadsheet is not mandatory, CBP highly recommends it.

CBP indicates that the spreadsheet should be uploaded into the ACE Protest Module using MS Excel, CSV, or TXT format and be titled “Protest Details Spreadsheet”, which will allow the spreadsheet to be easily identified from other supporting documentation. The first four columns of the spreadsheet should contain the entry number (first column), entry line number (second column), original entry data that is being protested (third column), and new change based on the protest (fourth column). If necessary, filers may include additional columns of information after the fourth column.

Since each Center of Excellence and Expertise specializes in distinct industries that may lend themselves to additional data, CBP recommends that filers work with their assigned Center to identify any additional information that may assist the Center.

For more information, please contact attorney Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011 or via email.

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