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US Customs Authorizes Some Duty Postponement Due to COVID-19

US Customs and Border Protection announced it would authorize some duty postponement due to businesses being shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.

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On April 19, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection authorized duty postponement of up to 90 days under certain circumstances.

The importer must be able to certify that they are experiencing a significant financial hardship, such as their operation is fully or partially suspended in March and/or April 2020 due to “orders from a competent governmental authority limiting commerce, travel, or group meetings due to COVID-19”. The duty postponement would apply to the importer if the result of the suspension shows “the gross receipts for March 13-31, 2020 or April 2020 are less than 60 percent of the gross receipts for the comparable period in 2019.”

In addition, the importer must be prepared to provide backup should US Customs want to conduct a review of the documentation at a future date to ensure compliance with the requirements.

The entries that qualify would have to have been filed in March or April 2020 and contain no antidumping, countervailing, or include any duties from Sections 201, 232 or 301.

Please reach out to your local DSV Customs and Compliance representative to find out if you qualify for duty postponement.

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