The maximum value of articles that may be brought into the U.S. (De Minimis) by one person in one day, informally and free of duty, has been increased to $800 USD, effective March 10, 2016. The previous limit was $200 USD. This change, commonly referred to as a Section 321 Release, does not pertain to:
- consolidated/multiple shipments
- one of several lots covered by a single order or contract, which has been sent separately to obtain free entry as a Section 321.
In order to qualify, the carrier must report the goods as a Section 321 on their manifest. Otherwise, a formal Customs entry must be presented by the customs broker to avoid shipment delays and additional costs (e.g. bond fees, re-manifest fees, waiting time, etc.).
For more information, contact Brian Rowe, General Manager – Customs Consulting Services.