Got mail? CBP issues rule for mandatory electronic information for international mail shipments

On March 15th, CBP issues a new Interim Final Rule (IFR) that now mandates information and data to be processed electronically in advance (AED) for international mail shipments. The reasons for this are clear; dangerous products, including synthetic opioids, could be shipped to the U.S. without the proper knowledge and advanced scrutiny. The current paper process makes it very difficult for CBP to target packages containing illegal goods, using mostly inspections with little data or advanced notification.

Existing AED requirements did not concern mail-only shipments. The STOP act passed by congress in 2018 supports the AED system with mail shipments. It requires the United States Postal Office to present an AED when dealing with mail shipments.

To learn more about the restrictions and requirements about the AED click here.

CBP will be allowing for a 12-month transition period for USPS to adjust to the new requirements.

US-China trade webinar- sign up now!

April 12th listen to Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council, talk about the future of the United States’ relationship with China and how this will affect trade. China and the US are two large, developed nations that have an important influence on trade. Where is the future headed for trade? Find out on April 12th, 12:00-1:00 pm ET.

Sign up here.

New APHIS-core ACE filing

The National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) announced that USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) is going live with electronic filing in ACE. Now, APHIS can be filed electronically through the Customs ACE system, and soon it will be mandatory.

Learn more at the APHIS website,

The APHIS ACE Team is ready and available to work with you. Email the ACE Team at

Frequently asked questions can be found here.

New duty on importing Chinese flooring

Attention flooring importers!

Chinese flooring manufacturers found “dumping” flooring to the U.S. with their very low prices for flooring destined to the U.S. American flooring companies had sued for higher duties (anti-dumping duties) to be placed against certain Chinese imports due to these unfair, low prices, and were successful. The U.S. put into effect an antidumping law that imposes an extra duty to some Chinese imports.

For more information, read Bloomberg Law’s article here.

Importers: ensure your entries are filed as antidumping if this applies to your product. Using CustomsNow, our clients have the ability to query both country/HTS combinations to confirm dumping duties. Learn more here.

Triennial Status and Fee Submission due – don’t be late!

On December 15,2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the 2021 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and Fee Submission has begun. Licensed Customs brokers will have until February 28, 2021, to file a status report with CBP.

Every three years, licensed brokers must pay a fee of $100 when filing a status report with CBP. They must include whether they meet the requirements of 19 CFR § 111.11 and 111.19 and verify they have not taken part in any misconduct that could result in suspension. They must also state in a status report if they are “actively engaged” in CBP business, meaning they are “currently transacting or have recently transacted CBP business on behalf of others as a sole proprietor…” (CBP).

If the Triennial Status Report is not submitted on time, Customs brokers will have their licenses suspended and is subject to being revoked.

Brokers can submit their Status Reports online through the eCBP portal.

New Aluminum License Requirement

According to the final rule published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2020, The U.S. Department of Commerce put into effect a new system- Aluminum Import Monitoring and Analysis (AIM). Beginning on January 25, 2021, licenses will now be required in order to import all Aluminum covered products.

This new system will be similar to the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System (SIMA). Therefore, users who have an existing SIMA account can apply for their aluminum licenses there. If you already have a steel license, you may not add aluminum HTS codes. Instead, you must apply for a distinct aluminum license. The aluminum license form will become available on January 4, 2021.

New users can create an account here.

Learn more about the new AIM system here.