On November 1, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register a general notice announces CBP’s modification and clarification to the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) tests pertaining to the processing of post-summary correction (PSC) claims and periodic monthly statements (PMS). Except to the extent expressly announced or modified by the notice, all aspects, rules, terms and conditions announced in previous notices regarding the PSC and PMS tests remain in effect.

The notice announces that CBP is extending the deadline for filing a PSC. The new deadline requires a PSC to be transmitted within 300 days of the date of entry or 15 days prior to the scheduled liquidation date, whichever date is earlier. Prior to this modification, a PSC had to be transmitted within 270 days of the date of entry, but could not be filed within 20 days of the scheduled liquidation date. This change is being made to increase the amount of time a filer has to submit a PSC on entry summaries.

CBP had previously announced (81 Fed. Reg. 89482, and subsequently delayed) that the types of entries that may be corrected by filing a PSC were expanded to additional entry types, one of them being entry type 23 (TIB). The notice clarifies that a PSC concerning a TIB may be filed only to correct data elements of a TIB that do not change a TIB entry to another entry type; in addition, the notice clarifies that a PSC may not change data elements that change another entry type to a TIB entry. For example, a PSC may correct the value declared on a TIB entry, but it may not change the classification of the article to a classification that is not entitled to be filed as a TIB entry, as that classification change would necessarily change a TIB entry to another entry type.

A proposed modification, published on January 9, 2017 (82 Fed. Reg. 2385) and subsequently delayed, considers a PMS as paid, in the event the importer uses the Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit process, when CBP receives notification from the Treasury Department that funds are available and transferred to CBP from the financial institution designated by the importer for payment of the ACH debit authorization. The notice modifies the January 9 proposal and reverses the proposed modification because ACE cannot accommodate the proposed change at this time due to technical constraints. Therefore, CBP will continue to consider a PMS as paid when CBP transmits the debit authorization to the designated financial institution. See 69 Fed. Reg. 5362 (February 4, 2004).