CBP launches FAQ page on residue rule

WASHINGTON — Perhaps a sign that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is close to advancing its contentious residue reporting rule, the agency has posted a frequently asked questions page to help carriers and shippers understand the proposed rule.

CBP says it has received numerous questions concerning the importation of instruments with chemical or petroleum residue and the obligations for carriers concerning the advanced electronic notification of such substances.

The rule was originally supposed to go into effect on Sept. 16, 2009, but was postponed after complaints from the trade community that the reporting requirement was complicated and burdensome.

It requires trace amounts of residue in virtually empty tankers to be measured, valued and treated like any other product for CBP purposes, including reporting on e-manifests prior to crossing into the U.S.

Previously, residue was exempt from the same reporting requirements as most other goods.

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