Customs fees increase on October 1st.

On October 1, 2019 US Customs and Border Protection will increase Customs user fees and fee caps as established by the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) for the fiscal year of 2020. Crucial changes include the MPF minimum rising to $26.79 from $26.22; the MPF maximum increased to $519.76 from $508.70; and the dutiable rate will be $5.89, up from $5.77. The increased fees will be effective from October 1, 2019 in accordance with the FAST Act, a 2015 law that requires CBP to make inflation adjustments to fees.

Other fees set to increase and their annual cap:

  • Commercial Truck Arrival: $5.85 / $107.17 annual cap (FY2019 $5.75 / $104.89)
  • Rail Car Arrival: $8.84 / $107.17 annual cap (FY2019 $8.65 / $104.89)
  • Commercial Vessel Arrival: $468.32 / $6381.77 annual cap (FY2019 $458.35 / $6245.97)
  • Barge and Other Bulk Carrier Arrival: $117.88 / $1,607.50 annual cap (FY2019 $115.37 / $1573.29)
  • Private Vessel or Aircraft First Arrival/Calendar Year Prepayment: $29.47 (FY2019 $28.84)
  • Commercial Vessel or Aircraft Passenger Arrival: $5.89 (FY2019 $5.77), or $2.07 from a U.S. Territory
  • Customs Broker Permit: $147.89 (FY2019 $144.74)
  • Express Consignment Carrier/Centralized Hub Facility, per Individual Waybill/Bill of Lading: $0.38 minimum, $1.07 maximum (FY2019 $0.37 / $1.05)
  • Surcharge for Manual Entry or Release: $3.21 (FY2019 $3.15)
  • Informal Entry or Release Not Prepared by CBP Personnel: $2.14 automated, $6.43 manual (FY2019 $2.10 / $6.29)
  • Informal Entry or Release Prepared by CBP Personnel: $9.64 (FY2019 $9.44)

The updated information about the COBRA fees was announced in the Federal Register on August 2.2019. If you have any questions or need guidance on your customs clearance, please reach out to your Edward J. Zarach & Associates representative.