Importers that “direct file” their entries with US Customs (CBP) reap many benefits, including faster processing of their filings. In that regard, direct filers have a clear advantage by being able to transmit an electronic invoice to the remote port of entry, whenever requested by Customs, prior to the release of the goods. However, some importers incorrectly assume that if the goods are clearing in the importer’s “local” port, the importer must revert back to sending physical documents via a messenger for both release and duty payment purposes.
Happily, that is not the case. As confirmed by CBP’s Remote Location Filing Team at Headquarters, the process remains the same, regardless of the port of entry. So, when an entry response from CBP is “Invoice Required,” the importer can easily complete the electronic invoice within their ABI application and transmit it to CBP for review. This not only saves money spent unnecessarily on paperwork processing and messenger fees, but it actually gets your shipments cleared faster! In just a matter of seconds, an invoice can be completed, transmitted and available in the CBP entry clerk’s inbox for review and approval.
For duty payment processing, the same is true. An electronic invoice is simply transmitted prior to payment approval for all “non-paperless” entries on the statement. If CBP requests any paper documents, they will do so via a CBP Form 28, post summary.
For more information , all CBP messages related to Remote Location Filing and Electronic Invoice Program can be found here.