On Friday, October 21, 2011, H.R. 2832 became law. The main purpose of the statute is to extend the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which expired on December 31, 2010, through July 31, 2013. However, to offset the estimated cost of lost tariffs associated with expanding the GSP benefits, H.R. 2832 increases US Customs’ MPF, or merchandise fee for processing entries, (Class Code 499) from 0.21% to 0.3464%.
Currently, Customs is modifying the Automated Broker Interface to accept the new rate, which will apply to entries filed via ACS and ACE between October 1, 2011 and June 30, 2014. CBP has indicated that it will provide the trade with one week’s notice before it is able to accept the new MPF rate.
Customs’ official notice regarding the rate increase can be found here.