Questions and answers about Entry

  • Entry Summary, Box 32.b

    Question: Regarding the entry summary, 7501, we just switched to a different customs broker and noticed that they use a charge of 150. in box 32.B. CHGS.  I looked at other 7501’s filed by other brokers and the rates vary from $1. to 10% of the invoice value. In almost all cases, the freight is […]

  • DSP-61 Imports Process

    Question: It is my first time handling a DSP-61 shipment. Product is being imported for servicing and will be exported back to the customer. How are these flagged? Is the DSP-61 flagged on the 7501? Is it a regular consumption entry? Do you pay duties on the import of if it will be re-exported? Any […]

  • mulitple bills of lading on same entry

    Question: Can goods on mulitple BLs (masters, no HBLs issued) arriving on same day to same port/consignee/importer (ie on the same vessel) be combined onto a single entry so as to reduce brokerage costs? Answer 1: Trade Practices: Consolidation: Combining goods from multiple BLs onto a single entry is sometimes referred to as “consolidation.” Check […]

  • Airline Manifest

    Question: Recently, our broker has been advising us that they cannot make entry for a shipment because they are getting a “No Bill Match”. We are trying to figure out why that would happen and how to fix the issue.  We are considering these options as a root cause: 1) Airline is mistyping the MAWB […]

  • Importer of Record

    Question: So I understand that International Couriers can file Customs entries using their IOR# and Customs Bond.  My question is this. If an audit occurs let’s say EPA/FDA/ADD/CVD as an example is not reported or something is incorrectly reported. Is the actual Consignee “us” (which is most cases shows as the IOR) is still responsible […]

  • Auditing entries

    Question: What is the percentage of entries being audited?  I was doing 100% but was advised that a random sampling is acceptable. Answer 1: Strictly speaking, there is no expected percentage.  The number of entries reviewed should be depending on your risk factor analysis, and can vary from review to review. In general, we recommend […]

  • Hand Carry & Carnets

    Question: I recently was made aware of a business segment that frequently provides routine maintenance and repairs on some of our equipment.  The technicians will sometimes hand carry tool kits and spare parts with them  across international borders (typically US and Canada) to perform their work.  I have been researching the use of Carnet for […]

  • EDI Customs Entry

    Question: Our related entity in Mexico sends an EDI feed of the invoice data to our US Customs Broker. The EDI feed contains 99% of the information needed to make entry. I separately provide the broker with a parts database to which they can pull the HTS & OGA/PGA info. In certain circumstances the customs […]

  • MPF Max and Min

    Question: I thought in the past that there was a running list of MPF maximum and minimum fee caps with CBP but I am not finding this.  Does anyone know where to find it or does anyone have a list? Answer 1: https://www.icpainc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/MPF-Min-Max.xlsx The MPF Min/Max is published in the Federal Register and via the […]

  • Entry Document

    Question: I am familiar that at time of entry a commercial invoice or proforma is required.  But years ago a customs inspector ok to use a purchase order.  I am unable to locate where a purchase order would be sufficient as an entry document. Can anyone confirm? Answer 1: Remember Customs doesn’t really regulate the […]

  • Right to make entry 3530-002A

    QUESTION: Hoping the membership can weigh in on this excellent question posed to me. Facts: A Mexico maquila produced parts in Mexico and air shipped to the US buyer.  The commercial invoice used between US buyer and US seller contain US sold from and US sold to addresses, so the invoice infers that the transaction […]


    QUESTION: I have a question on who can make a Customs entry. Company A is an importer and files their own Customs entries in house. Company A has recently purchased several other companies who are also importers. These companies are keeping their names and identities, meaning purchased Company B will still be Company B just […]