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Financial threshold for goods entering U.S. rises to $800 USD

     Canada - U.S. Border

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.

Quick Tip #46
Issue Express Bills of Lading instead of Originals and avoid delays and unnecessary costs

Original Bills of Lading are a good way to ensure immediate payment of your merchandise on shipments where you do not have an established credit arrangement with your client.

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