U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced the agency is postponing initial implementation of changes to its in-bond regulations for several months--after it had planned to end a flexible enforcement period on Feb. 25, 2018.

The original date of the new regulations was Nov. 27, 2017. CBP’s announcement extends the period of leniency. 

The agency is also indefinitely postponing the implementation of a provision in the Nov. 27, 2018, final in-bond rule to require the inclusion of the six-digit HTS number on Immediate Transportation (IT) in-bond transportation entries. IT entries allow merchandise, upon U.S. arrival, to be transported to another U.S. port, where a subsequent entry will be filed.

On July 2, 2018, CBP will no longer accept paper CBP Form 7512 (Transportation Entry and Manifest of Goods Subject to CBP Inspection and Permit), according to the announcement.

On Aug. 6, 2018, electronic reporting of all transactions will be mandatory for carriers, and CBP will not accept paper copies of CBP Form 7512 for arrival and export functionality.

Also on that date, electronic reporting of bonded cargo location and of diversion to a port “other than reported on the original in-bond” will be required. The Automated Commercial Environment will reject arrival if neither of these reports is performed, CBP said.

Source: American Shipper

All trucking companies in Mexico must have a commercial certification-Socio Commercial Certificado--and working in coordination with an Operador Económico Autorizado (OEA)-certified company by December 31, 2017, in order to be able to continue using fast access lanes when crossing the border.

The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program has encouraged the exchange of data with Mexico’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program also known as OEA (AEO/OEA), formerly known as the New Scheme of Certified Companies (Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas (NEEC). The process entails a two-step process to enable OEA Mexico to grant preferential benefits to CTPAT companies who export cargo into Mexico. Certification is encouraged to strengthen supply chain security and to promote the competitiveness of various foreign trade players within Mexico.

For businesses that did not obtain commercial certification by year’s end, they can do so quickly and efficiently in 2018 using Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance solution.

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Companies search to find the most cost-efficient sourcing for products and raw materials. This requires a full assessment of costs including duty rates and rules of eligibility for preferential treatment. Manually navigating assessments can take days--and once information is collected, analyzed and shared, data could already be out-of-date.

The Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance solution assists in collecting information required for any compliance certification or regulation, enforcing safety standards for product safety, and providing the framework for building a corporate social and environmental responsibility (SER) program.