U.S. Customs Adjusting Certain User Fees Effective October 1, 2020

U.S. Customs & Border Protection (U.S. CBP) has announced adjustments to many user fees beginning October 1, 2020 covering its 2021 fiscal year. Such fees are reviewed annually as required by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).

The table below outlines some common user fees that are being adjusted under COBRA. A full list, along with related background information, may be found here. All funds noted are in U.S. dollars.

U.S. Customs Fee DescriptionNew Fee Amount
(as of October 1, 2020)
Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) – Minimum for Formal Entries (1)$27.23
Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) – Maximum for Formal Entries (1)$528.33
Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) – Rate for Automated Informal Entry$2.18
Railroad Car Arrival Fee$8.99
Railroad Car Calendar Year Prepayment Fee$108.93
Commercial Truck Arrival Fee (2)$5.95
Commercial Truck Calendar Year Prepayment Fee (2)$108.93

U.S. importers and trade chain partners should note:

(1) Only the MPF limitation is increasing; the ad valorem rate of 0.3464% remains the same. See 82 FR 32661 (July 17, 2017).

(2) The Commercial Truck Arrival fee is the CBP fee only, it does not include the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) fee that is collected by CBP on behalf of USDA. See 7 CFR 354.3(c) and 19 CFR 24.22(c)(1). Once 19 Single Crossing Fees have been paid and used for a vehicle identification number (VIN)/vehicle in a Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS) account within a calendar year, the only payment required for the 20th (and subsequent) single-crossing is the APHIS/AQI fee and no longer includes the CBP Commercial Truck Arrival fee (for the remainder of that calendar year).

Delmar International’s import system(s) will be updated to assess these adjusted Customs fees (as applicable) beginning October 1, 2020.

Please contact your local Delmar Representative or our U.S. Customs Advisory Services Group for additional information and assistance.

Additional Information:

Federal Register Notice

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