Customs has started sending bills for the retroactive increase in the Merchandise Processing Fee. (Please see our previous Newsletters dated 10-25-11, 11-2-11 & 6-18-12) Some of these amounts may be small and easy to overlook. Please pay particular attention to all these bills and pay them promptly in order to avoid issues with Customs. If

Certain Erroneous Customs Bills As mentioned in yesterdays Newsletter, Customs has published the following… The week of June 11, 2012, CBP began billing for the increase in merchandise processing fee (MPF), as established by H.R. 2832 on October 21, 2011. The purpose of this message is to notify the trade that certain entry summaries with

Further to our Newsletters dated 10-25-11 & 11-2-11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted CSMS # 12-000217 advising they will begin issuing bills for the increase in merchandise processing fee (MPF) for the period of time 10-1-11 through 11-5-11. Amounts less than $20 will be ignored. Background: U.S. Customs and Border Protection increased the

Washington, DC – The Ways and Means Committee posted approximately 1,300 Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs) introduced by nearly 80 House Republicans and 60 House Democrats for public comment. A key objective of MTBs is to boost the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers by lowering the cost of imported inputs that are not produced in the United

REMINDER… The U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement enters into force May 15. As of that date over 80% of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial products to Colombia will become duty-free, including agricultural and construction equipment, building products, aircraft and parts, fertilizers, information technology equipment, medical scientific equipment and wood, with the remaining tariffs phased out