August Webcast Q&A Wrap-up

Presented by Denise Guzialek

Program Manager of Compliance Services, Copper Hill Inc.

 Q: ­Since you cannot flag Anti-dumping duty entries, what do you recommend for adjustments to value for entries with ADD? ­

A: I would recommend filing a Post Summary Correction (PSC).

Q: ­After you have been approved for RECON and you change Brokers, do you have to notify CBP again of the change? 

A: ­Yes.

Q: ­Are all RECON entries now filed with the CEE, if you have been approved to participate with a CEE? ­ 

A: If you are a “Center participate”, you will file your entries with your designated Center. If you are not a “Center participate”, you will file with your assigned reconciliation port.

Q: ­If some entries were not flagged for recon, and the entries have already been liquidated, then retro flagging cannot be done, what happens to the entries not flagged in error? ­

A: If you are in the time frame to do so, you can file a protest for the liquidated entries with Customs. 

Q: ­Please advise about rounding and extra digits after two cents/digits.­ 

A: Rounding can occur when data in your file is calculated using formulas. Submit values at a maximum of two decimals.

Q: ­I have 25 entries to fix from last year. How do I know which option to use: PSC or Reconciliation?

A: ­PSC would be the quickest, most convenient option.  Recon is best used if you are looking at filing a large volume of corrections.

Q: ­If there is only one line submitted incorrect, will the rejection occur just on that line or would the rejection occur on the whole recon submission? ­

A: The rejection occurs on the entry summary with a comment as to why the entry summary was rejected.

Q: ­If you track PSC's and do not submit until Recon and the subject entry has not yet liquidated--Recon data submitted will not match CBP data and will cause a rejection--yes? How do you effectively address that scenario? ­

A: The updated data in the PSC must be corrected in the Recon entry submission. You must make the appropriate changes in the entry data recon submission to reflect the changes made in the PSC.

Q: ­Would you recommend marking informal entries as formal entries for recon purposes? 

A: ­Yes, I would recommend this if, based on your entry data review, you have a high volume of corrections on previous informal entries.


How much do today’s importers really perceive about Country of Origin (COO)? In an ever-changing global economy, manufacturers are sourcing materials and components from around the world. Importers may be certain they have COO clarified and down to an exact science, however, it may be more difficult now than ever to determine COO to satisfy the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s explicit rules. 

 In the eyes of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), valuation is critical.

Customs is the second largest collector of revenue in the United States. Incorrectly reporting valuation can lead to an underpayment, and also overpayment, of duty and fees.

 The Real World of Valuation Challenges

The predicament in getting an accurate valuation for CBP is in receiving pertinent background information for the product. Minor transactions can qualify as assists by CBP. “Assists” describe items of value that a supplier receives from a customer that aid in the production of goods that are subsequently sold/shipped to that customer. Examples of assists include molds, production tools, raw materials, supplies and parts used to produce the final product. The value of the assist is added to transaction value when calculating customs value.