Kesco Customs Solutions offering electronic informal de minimis clearances for e-Commerce sellers

Shipments valued at $800 or less are considered de minimis and were previously released one of two ways. First, was on the manifest and this how express couriers with small, low value packages release and keep them moving through their system. The second was for customs brokers to present an entry to Customs in the port where the cargo has arrived through a manual process, delaying what is supposed to be an expeditious move through courier or mail.

CBP has now provided ways for customs brokers like Kesco Customs Solutions to file an electronic entry for these low-value e-Commerce shipments, keeping them moving without delay and ensuring committed delivery times remain on schedule for on-line retailers and sellers.

The “type 86” entry works like any other entry that we would file – except it contains the data elements required to release this low value shipment which differ somewhat from a regular formal or informal entry type that requires HTS numbers, manufacturer ID’s and Participating Government Agency (PGA) information.

Per the Federal Register notice, the required elements are:

An entry type ‘‘86’’ requires the owner, purchaser, or customs broker

(1) The bill of lading or the air waybill number;

(2) Entry number;
(3) Planned port of entry;
(4) Shipper name, address, and country

(5) Consignee name and address;
(6) Country of origin;
(7) Quantity;
(8) Fair retail value in the country of shipment
(9) 10-digit HTSUS number;

(10) IOR number of the owner purchaser, or broker when designated by a consignee (conditional) upon whether or not there is PGA data to be submitted.

Kesco Customs Solutions is proud to announce that our software provider has put into production the required software changes for us to file Type 86 entries on behalf of importers. For more information, contact Kesco Customs Solutions today.