U.S. Customs begins test for processing corrections

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 28, 2000) — U.S. Customs is expected to begin testing a new method for importers or their customs brokers to make corrections to import entry summaries prior to liquidation.

The test, Post-Entry Amendment Processing, was scheduled to begin today and will involve corrections of minor entry summary errors, such as revenue-generating errors of less than $20 US and non-revenue-generating errors such as net quantity and value. These errors will be reported on a quarterly basis. Major errors must still be reported to Customs upon discovery.

In the past, Customs has allowed importers to make minor corrections on an entry-by-entry basis through Supplementary Information Letters, which the agency said has “produced an increase paperwork and manpower burden for both importers and Customs.”

The Post-Entry Amendment Processing test is expected to last for a year, and would be extended if warranted, the agency said.

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