U.S. Customs Announces Resumption of Duty Free GSP Claims and Retroactive Refund Process

In a Federal Register Notice (FR Document: 2018-08411) dated April 20, 2018 U.S. Customs has provided notice that as of April 22, 2018 importers may resume filing GSP-eligible entry summaries without the payment of duties.

President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, on March 23, 2018 which renewed the GSP program through December 31, 2020 and allows retroactive refunds on entries filed from January 1, 2018 to April 21, 2018 while GSP was expired. For entries filed with the GSP indicator (“A”) during this time, refunds for duties paid will be automatically processed for GSP-eligible merchandise by Customs. 

For entries submitted during the expiration period without the “A” indictor, the law allows a 180 day period to submit refund requests to U.S. Customs. Refunds can be requested via a Post Summary Correction (PSC) or by written request containing sufficient information submitted to U.S. Customs. The 180 day period ends on September 19, 2018. Information on the GSP program and the retroactive refund process can be found on CBP’s website here.

Delmar International maintains a full service U.S. Advisory and Post Entry Services group that can assist importers in filing compliant claims for duty refunds.

For additional information and assistance, please contact Delmar International’s U.S. Advisory Services group.

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