CARM: What all importers need to know about CARM

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Higher U.S. Customs user fees coming soon

Effective January 1, 2018, there will be new per-shipment minimums and maximums for U.S. Customs’ Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF).  The minimum will be $25.67 USD, a $0.67 USD increase, the maximum will be $497.99 USD, a $12.99 USD increase.  The Informal MPF (applies to shipments valued under $2,500 USD) will change from $2.00 USD to $2.05 USD.  Goods of NAFTA Preferential Origin are exempt MPF.  

The Merchandise Processing Fee is a fee imposed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to offset the cost of salaries and other expenses incurred in the processing of imports and release of merchandise into the United States.

For more information, contact Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs.

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