A notice from U.S. Customs and Border Protections Cargo Systems Messaging Service sent on August 4, 2017 states:

“This is a reminder that CBP bills for supplemental duties, taxes and fees, or vessel repair duties are due thirty (30) days from the date of the bill. Any bill not paid during this timeframe is delinquent. Please ensure that CBP has the correct address on file in order for you to receive your bill in a timely manner to prevent any delay in the payment of your bill.

If a bill remains unpaid, any balance will be considered delinquent and accrues interest until payment is made in full. All supplemental bills will reference the entry number used to import your goods.

Also, please note that CBP is changing its dunning letter time frame from 181 days from the date of the bill to 61 days starting September 5, 2017. In addition, if you are scheduled to receive a refund and have a delinquent bill older than 60 days, CBP will divert your refund and apply it to the delinquent bill.”


What does it mean?

This is just a great reminder that CBP will bill out supplemental duties, taxes and fees if they occur.  We have to remember that typically a customs entry is made and duties and taxes are paid within 10 days or paid the following month for those importers that take advantage of Periodic Monthly Statement however the liquidation cycle for CBP is 314 days.  The customs entry isn’t considered final until liquidation so anytime during that 314 days if CBP makes any changes to the entries that result in additional duties they will send out a bill.


What should the importer do? 

  1.  Make sure they have an ACE Account.
  2. Make sure their address and contact information is up to date
  3. Schedule a weekly liquidation report and monitor it for any changes in duty that might occur so they know to expect a bill.
  4. Contact their Scarbrough Client Service Rep (CSR) if they receive a bill or notice a change on a report.
  5. Make sure the bill gets paid timely to avoid a delinquency or claim against their import bond.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Please email now!