9 Sept 2016
Input Sought on CBP Amendments to De Minimis Value for Duty Exemption
A provision in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act increased the value of goods that may be imported by one person on one day free of duty and tax (the de minimis value) from US$200 to US$800, effective 10 March. CBP adopted a programming change in the Automated Commercial Environment at 12:01 a.m. on 10 March to reflect this change.
As a result, shipments valued at US$800 or less have been eligible for release under the same processes and with the same restrictions as previously applied to de minimis shipments of US$200 or less since 10 March. CBP is now seeking input from interested parties by 26 September on an interim final rule reflecting this increase in its regulations. The rule also makes clarifying and conforming amendments to the regulations, including the following clarifications:
- for shipments that qualify for the 19 U.S.C. 1321 administrative exemption, the importing party is not exempt from having to pay any applicable excise taxes collected by other agencies on imported goods;
- the harbour maintenance tax will not be assessed on loadings or unloadings of cargo in which the shipment would be entitled to be entered under informal entry procedures; and
- different dollar amounts apply to articles that are bona fide gifts and articles that are shipped from the Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa.