Customs And Border Protection Units Of Quantity Changing

New Units Of Quantity For Duty-Free Tariff Numbers

Under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA), all tariff numbers that previously did not require a unit be reported are to be replaced with a specific unit of quantity. This requirement has been phased in over a period of time beginning with tariff numbers associated with a duty rate and now ending with those tariff numbers that have a free rate of duty.

Final Phase 

On January 1st, 2020, all tariff numbers will have a specific unit of measure associated with it for example “KGS”, “NO”, “M2”,” PCS”, “DPCS”, etc. This final phase of tariff numbers focuses on those that are unconditionally free of duty. Unconditionally free of duty means that the tariff number that is normally free of duty and is not dependant on a free trade agreement or trade program.

How Will This Change Affect My Entries?

Where previously you may not have had to report a specific unit of quantity on your invoice you will now need to make sure you provide the specific quantity associated with the tariff number under which your goods are classified. If the Customs reporting quantity is not declared it could delay your shipment until that information is provided. Now is the time to make these changes. Do not wait for the effective date and stay ahead of the curve to avoid costly delays.

How Can I Find Out The Specific Reporting Quantity For My Goods?

Click here for a list of the tariff numbers set to change on January 1st, 2020.

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Misty Gibbins
LCB, CCS

Misty has been working in the brokerage business for 35 years. She was the manager of the Blaine Office of Peace Bridge Customs Brokers for nine years, before coming to Pacific Customs Brokers, Inc. Misty has worked in the trade compliance group at PCB for the past 12 years. She is currently the Senior Trade Regulatory Analyst, which involves keeping up with trade related regulatory changes.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.