U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has extended the initial implementation of in-bond regulatory changes until July 2, 2018. Due to the six-month extension, CBP officers will continue to accept paper CBP Form 7512 and input the data on the trade’s behalf. On July 2, 2018, paper forms will no longer be accepted for input into the ACE system by CBP officers. Electronic reporting of all transactions will become mandatory on August 6, 2018. At this time, no date is set for implementation of the provision requiring the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule number requirement for Immediate Transportation movements.
The new implementation schedule will be as follows:
July 2, 2018 – Paper CBP Form 7512 will no longer be accepted by CBP for input into ACE. Electronic filing of new in-bond transactions will be the responsibility of the trade. Paper forms or other paper alternatives (screen prints or plain paper documents etc.) will be accepted as part of enforcement processes at the border or verification/audit operations such as warehouse withdrawals, FTZ exports and transfers or vessel/aircraft supply operations where additional information is required on paper forms that is not provided for electronically.
August 6, 2018 – Electronic reporting of all transactions will be mandatory; CBP will no longer accept paper copies of the CBPF 7512 to perform arrival and export functionality. These functions will be the requirement of the carrier. Electronic reporting will be mandatory. In addition, electronic reporting of diversion to a port other than reported on the original in-bond will be required. An ACE edit will reject arrival if not performed. Electronic reporting of bonded cargo location (FIRMS code) will be required. An ACE edit will reject arrival if not provided.
ACE has automated paper forms filing making it easier to comply with U.S. Laws and regulations, while enhancing transparency and increasing predictability in the movement of goods across the industry. For more information, CBP has posted a Frequently Asked Questions Document online at https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-control/bond/bond-regulatory-changes-faqs with details on the 11/2017 published final rule entitled Changes to the In-Bond Process.