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CSMS # 57131638 – Information on Customs User Fee Changes Effective October 1, 2023

Pursuant to the General Notice (88 FR 48900) published July 28, 2023, adjustments to certain customs user fees and corresponding limitations, as codified in 19 U.S.C. § 58c, will take effect on October 1, 2023. These adjustments are being made in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST Act), Public Law 114-94.

The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will NOT change. The MPF minimum and maximum for formal entries (class code 499) will change. The minimum will change from $29.66 to $31.67; and the maximum will change from $575.35 to $614.35.

Some other fees that are changing:

The Surcharge for Manual, Formal Entry/Release (class code 500) will change to $3.80.

The fee for Informal Entry/Release, automated and not prepared by CBP personnel (class code 311a), will change to $2.53.

The Express Consignment Carrier/Centralized Hub Facility fee will change to $1.27 per individual waybill/bill of lading. An individual air waybill is the bill at the lowest level, and is not a master bill or other consolidated document. See 82 FR 50523 (Nov. 1, 2017).

The Commercial Vessel (class code 485) or Commercial Aircraft (class code 495) Passenger Arrival customs fee will change to $6.97 per passenger.

The Commercial Vessel Passenger Arrival from Exempt Areas (class code 484) customs fee will change to $2.44 per passenger.

The Commercial Truck Arrival fee (class code 492) will change to $6.95. 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 and Quarantine Inspection (AQI) Services Fee (currently $7.29) that is collected by CBP on behalf of USDA to make a total single crossing fee of $14.24. Once eighteen 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 payment required for the nineteenth (and subsequent) single crossing is only the AQI fee (currently $7.29) and no longer includes CBP’s $6.95 Commercial Truck Arrival fee (for the remainder of that calendar year).

The Dutiable Mail fee (class code 496) will change to $6.97.

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