CBP wants to collect more information on Form 5106

5106As posted in the Federal Register, US Customs has proposed changes to its Importer ID Input Record (CBP Form 5106) to gather additional information about an importing company and its officers.  The 5106 form, which is filed with an importer’s first formal entry, enables CBP to “make an informed assessment of risk prior to the initial importation…”  The new data sought on the form “will provide CBP with a greater knowledge about the company and its previous business practices.”

US Customs is seeking comments that address whether the proposed 5106 changes will comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.  And in that regard, the trade is preparing to comment.  For example, according to John Pellegrini, Customs Counsel for the United States Fashion Industry Association:

The major change in the form is to require much more information about the company and its officers. Specifically, the form requires personal information (SSN, Passport No., etc.) for those officers who have importing and financial business knowledge of the company and the legal authority to make decisions on behalf of the company. This information is not required on the current form.

Other new information required includes the D-U-Ns number, the company’s primary banking institution, the state or country in which the company was incorporated and a unique identifying number for the appropriate Certificate of Incorporation.

Comments on the proposal are due on or before December 8, 2014.


Register for AAEI’s ACE webinar series




Starting October 22, AAEI will host a series of four webinars to bring the trade up to speed on different aspects of ACE.  Register at the links below.  AAEI notes that non-member registration will be limited, so act quickly.

ACE Webinar Part One: ” ACE, a Transaction Review”

On October 22 at 1:00 p.m EST, Melissa Irmen of Integration Point will be moderating “ACE, A Transaction Review,” where she will be leading a panel that will include the review of an ACE transaction from both a service provider and an Importer/Exporter perspective.  This webinar will walk through an ACE transaction, including information on pitfalls and best practices.

ACE Webinar Part Two: “Ace 101”

On October 24 at 2:00 p.m EST, Cindy Allen of DHL and Amy Magnus of A.N Deringer will present “ACE 101”, a primer on ACE.  As we get closer to the drop dead date of full ACE implementation in November 2015, we want to make sure that everyone has a solid foundation of where ACE is, where ACE is going, and how ACE affects your business.

ACE Webinar Part Three: “ACE, A Guided Discussion”

On October 29 at 1:00 p.m. EST, Beth Peterson of BPE Global will be moderating “ACE, A Guided Discussion”, a panel featuring a guided discussion with CBP, FDA, a local Port representative, and an Importer/Exporter.

ACE Webinar Part Four: “ACE and the PGA’s”

On November 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST, Jim Phillips of GM will moderate our final ACE panel, “ACE and the PGA’s” featuring a discussion of ACE from a PGA perspective.

Be sure to register today!
*Non-Member registration is limited.
*All registrations are pending AAEI approval

Basics of ACE on one page

If you’ve somehow missed out on US Customs’ ACE updates in the last few years, here’s a handy graphic from CBP that provides a high-level overview to bring you up to speed.  Note the upcoming ACE deadlines, the first of which is less than 7 months away.  Make sure your current ABI software (or your broker’s) is ACE-compliant.

ACE Basics Graphic


CBP: Stricter ISF enforcement policy at LA/LB seaport

cargoshipsEffective October 1, 2014, US Customs officials at the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport have further tightened ISF enforcement.  In particular, seaport personnel

“…will be increasing their enforcement posture for ISF no-file shipments.  CBP will continue to place manifest holds on all cargo (full container loads and consolidated loads) that do not have an ISF on file, 72 hours before vessel arrival at the LA/LB seaport.  CBP will manually monitor the existing holds to ensure that the ISF information has been filed.” (emphasis added)

This new policy narrows by one full day the window of compliance, which since July 2013 had been 48 hours before vessel arrival at the seaport.  (ISF rules require that all ISF information on a shipment bound for the US be submitted to CBP 24 prior to lading on the vessel on at the foreign port).

The official policy change is documented in CSMS #14-000520.