On December 14, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued CSMS# 16-001021, setting forth the Immediate Delivery (ID) procedures for year-end. The Office of Trade is issuing a blanket authorization for ID procedures for merchandise to be released on or after December 16, 2016 through December 31, 2016, in accordance with 19 C.F.R. § 142.21(i). The authorization is offered to filers who may elect to take advantage of the interim Harmonized Tariff Schedule changes, which take effect on or after January 1, 2017.

This blanket authorization does not apply to absolute quota merchandise and merchandise moved under an immediate transportation entry (type 61). Tariff rate quota merchandise previously authorized for ID release under 19 C.F.R. § 142.21 (e) may still be released; however, the entry summary shall be presented within the time specified in 19 C.F.R. § 142.23 or within the quota period, whichever expires first.

ABI entry transmissions, including the “paperless” provisional messages, will establish the desired entry date by using the estimated entry date in the summary transmission (“AE” transmissions). This will identify the change from “Entry” to “Immediate Delivery” and will allow filers to elect a date of entry in order to take advantage of tariff changes or special programs. Under ID procedures, the entry/entry summary must be filed within 10 working days after release. This blanket authority only extends to shipments released December 16, 2016 through December 31, 2016. No grace period will be granted for the purpose of timely filing ID entry summaries under this one-time allowance.

Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to Commercial Operations Revenue and Entry (CORE) Division.