This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations, in conformance with the Trade and Development Act of 2000, to expand the weekly entry procedure for foreign trade zones to include merchandise involved in activities other than exclusively assembly-line type production operations. Under both the expanded procedure as well as the existing procedure for assembly-line type production operations, weekly entries covering estimated removals of merchandise from a foreign trade zone for any consecutive 7-day period, and the associated entry summaries, would have to be filed exclusively through the Automated Broker Interface, with duties, fees and taxes being scheduled for payment through the Automated Clearinghouse. The weekly entry is treated as a single entry or release of merchandise for purposes of the merchandise processing fee (MPF) that Customs assesses on importers in order to offset administrative costs incurred in processing imported merchandise that is formally entered or released.
Agency Contact: Debbie Scott, Office of Field Operations, (202-927-1962).
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on September 23, 2002.