Simplified entry pilot – apply by November 17

As reported in our blog post of October 4, US Customs is launching a simplified entry process pilot program.  To that end, the agency is seeking applicants for the pilot, and has extended the deadline by which to apply for the pilot through midnight (EST), Thursday, November 17.

Applicants interested in participating must submit an email to with the subject heading “Simplified Entry Participant Request,” and must include information regarding estimated volume of entries anticipated to be filed under the pilot, and the identity of the ports where filings are likely to occur.  Additional information is available in November 9th’s Federal Register.

CBP hopes to simplify the entry process by allowing participants to submit 12 required and three (3) optional data elements to CBP at any time prior to the arrival of the merchandise on the conveyance transporting the cargo to the United States. This data will fulfill merchandise entry requirements and will allow for earlier release decisions and more certainty for the importer in determining the logistics of cargo delivery.

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