December 19, 2018
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has posted its CSMS addressing Immediate Delivery Procedures at Year-End for those wanting to take advantage of any beneficial tariff changes:
CBP’s Office of Trade is issuing a blanket authorization for Immediate Delivery (ID) procedures for merchandise to be released on or after December 17, 2018 through December 31, 2018, in accordance with 19 CFR § 142.21(i). The authorization is offered to filers who may elect to take advantage of the interim Harmonized Tariff Schedule changes, which take effect on or after January 1, 2019.
This blanket authorization does not apply to absolute quota merchandise and merchandise moved under an immediate transportation entry (type 61). Tariff rate quota merchandise previously authorized for ID release under 19 CFR § 142.21 (e) may still be released; however, the entry summary shall be presented within the time specified in 19 CFR § 142.23 or within the quota period, whichever expires first.
ABI entry transmissions, including the “paperless” provisional messages, will establish the desired entry date by using the estimated entry date in the summary transmission (“AE” transmissions). This will identify the change from “Entry” to “Immediate Delivery” and will allow filers to elect a date of entry in order to take advantage of tariff changes or special programs. Under ID procedures, the entry/entry summary must be filed within 10 working days after release. This blanket authority only extends to shipments released December 17, 2018 through December 31, 2018. No grace period will be granted for the purpose of timely filing ID entry summaries under this one-time allowance.
Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the Commercial Operations, Revenue and Entry Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.