US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) today to change the In-Bond process. The full text can be found here, but below is a brief summary taken from the Federal Register, Volume 77, Issue 35, that states the changes being proposed by CBP. Also below is information on how the trade can provide their comments on the NPRM, which must be received by April 23, 2012.
According to the FRN, the proposed changes would “enhance CBP’s ability to regulate and track In-Bond merchandise” as well as ensure correct duties are being paid and that In-Bond merchandise is being exported. Some of the other proposed changes include:
- Eliminate the paper In-Bond application (CBP Form 7512) and requiring electronic filing of all applications
- Require additional information on the In-Bond application
- Establish a 30-day maximum time to transport In-Bond merchandise between US ports for all modes of transportation except pipeline
- Require carriers to electronically request permission from CBP before diverting In-Bond merchandise from its intended destination port
- Require carriers to report arrival and location of In-Bond merchandise within 24 hours of arrival at the port of destination or the port of export
- Restructure the In-Bond procedures for air commerce regulations
CBP is requesting all comments from the trade be received on or before April 23, 2012. To submit comments, you can use one of the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov) or submit via mail (Border Security Regulations Branch, Office of Regulations & Rulings, US Customs & Border Protection, Mint Annex, 799 9th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20229). Regardless of submission preference, all comments much be identified by the docket number (USCBP-2012-0002).
For further information on the NPRM, contact Gary Schreffler, Office of Field Operations, at (202) 344-1535.