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U.S. Customs Fees To Be Adjusted for Inflation in 2018

Posted November 08, 2017

Under International Trade Issues, U.S. Customs Issues

On November 1, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection published in the Federal Register a final rule that adopts amendments proposed to the CBP regulations to reflect that customs user fees established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) will be adjusted for inflation in accordance with the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). The new minimum Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) will be $25.67 and the new maximum MPF will be $497.99. The rate for calculating MPF (0.3464) remains unchanged.

Accordingly, the following adjusted fees will be applicable as of January 1, 2018:

  • Commercial vessel arrival: $448.70/$6,114.46 annual cap
  • Barge and other bulk carrier arrival: $112.95/$1,540.17 annual cap
  • Commercial truck arrival: $5.65/$102.68 annual cap
  • Rail car arrival: $8.47/$102.68 annual cap
  • Private vessel or aircraft first arrival/calendar year prepayment: $28.24
  • Dutiable mail: $5.65
  • Commercial vessel or aircraft passenger arrival: $5.65
  • Customs broker permit: $141.70
  • Express consignment carrier/centralized hub facility, per individual waybill/bill of lading: $0.36 minimum, $1.03 maximum
  • Merchandise processing: minimum $25.67, maximum $497.99
  • Surcharge for manual entry or release: $3.08
  • Informal entry or release not prepared by CBP personnel: $2.05 automated, $6.16 manual
  • Informal entry or release prepared by CBP personnel: $9.24

To review the notice and other scheduled fee increases, please see the Federal Register notice: 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/11/01/2017-23876/cobra-fees-to-be-adjusted-for-inflation-in-fiscal-year-2018-cbp-dec-17-17