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