Customs And Border Protection Units Of Quantity Changing
New Units Of Quantity For Duty-Free Tariff Numbers
Under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), all tariff numbers that previously did not require a unit be reported are to be replaced with a specific unit of quantity. This requirement has been phased in over a period of time beginning with tariff numbers associated with a duty rate and now ending with those tariff numbers that have a free rate of duty.
On January 1st, 2020, all tariff numbers will have a specific unit of measure associated with it for example “KGS”, “NO”, “M2”,” PCS”, “DPCS”, etc. This final phase of tariff numbers focuses on those that are unconditionally free of duty. Unconditionally free of duty means that the tariff number that is normally free of duty and is not dependant on a free trade agreement or trade program.
How Will This Change Affect My Entries?
Where previously you may not have had to report a specific unit of quantity on your invoice you will now need to make sure you provide the specific quantity associated with the tariff number under which your goods are classified. If the Customs reporting quantity is not declared it could delay your shipment until that information is provided. Now is the time to make these changes. Do not wait for the effective date and stay ahead of the curve to avoid costly delays.
How Can I Find Out The Specific Reporting Quantity For My Goods?
Click here for a list of the tariff numbers set to change on January 1st, 2020.