|Understanding CHB (Custom Broker House) Terminology:(For Reference Only)
|Customs Brokerage Fee - Glossary of Terms
The following are descriptions of terms related to Brokerage Services and Fees
This service applies to the completion and submission of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 4811. This form is used to
advise U.S. Customs and Border Protection when the customer wants documents forwarded to a party other than the importer of
record. Example: Importers that use a 3PL or 4PL provider may want the provider to receive all U.S. Customs and Border Protection
post entry correspondence. In such a case, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 4811 informs the U.S. Customs and
Border Protection to send documents directly to them instead of the Importer of record.
This function includes the entry of a customer’s account information in our system so that it can be transmitted to U.S. Customs and
Border Protection via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI). To ensure accuracy of importer and consignee information, all IRS
numbers are queried via U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s ABI system. Regardless of bond type, all bond information is linked
by IRS number in preparation for the entry process. This step is critical to ensure that all transmitted data is up to date and
will therefore enable expedited clearance. ABI set-up is included in the base price.
Additional B/L’s on Entry (Bill of Lading)
This service applies to shipments, which can have more than one bill of lading/air waybill per entry (consolidated entry). Each bill of
lading/air waybill represents a shipment and all bills of lading/air way bills must be included on the entry summary. Therefore, even
though the commodity might be the same, input of each bill of lading/air waybill number must be included for customs purposes.
Additional Line Item
See Lines of Classification.
See Commercial Invoices.
Bond Premium is a fee for the coverage offered by a Single Transaction Bond.
Calculation of Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF)
This service covers the calculation of the Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF), which is an ad valorem (according to value) fee assessed
on cargo imports and admissions into foreign trade zones. The fee is 0.001250% of the value of the cargo and is paid quarterly,
except for imports which are paid at the time of entry. U.S. Customs and Border Protection deposits the HMF collections into the
Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund. The funds are made available, subject to appropriation, to the Army Corps of Engineers for the
improvement and maintenance of U.S. ports and harbors. Calculation of Harbor Maintenance Fee is included in the base price.
Calculation of Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF)
This service covers the calculation of the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF), which is a charge imposed by U.S. Customs and
Border Protection, on an ad valorem (according to value) basis. MPF is 0.003464% of the entered value; Minimum $25, maximum
$485. Calculation of the Merchandise Processing Fee is included in the base price.
This fee provides cargo insurance for the importer’s freight. Cargo insurance, also referred to as ‘Property Casualty Insurance’,
covers the insured against the accidental physical loss or damage from a covered external danger while in normal course of transit.
It is often called ‘Marine Cargo Insurance’ even though it can cover cargo shipped by all modes of transportation including air and
truck. Cargo insurance cannot give the insured back any lost time if replacement materials need to be manufactured and shipped to
the buyer. Cargo insurance cannot give the insured back any lost future sales if their customer is upset because the damaged
cargo caused a delay in receiving their purchase.
This fee applies to shipments imported under a Carnet. A Carnet is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection document permitting the
holder to carry merchandise temporarily into certain foreign countries (for display, demonstration, or similar purposes) without
paying duties or posting bonds.
Clean Truck Administrative Fee
When arranges for pick up of a freight container by truck at the Ports of Los Angeles or Long Beach, the truck must be claimed in an
Electronic System called PortCheck, which is used by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to process trucks and to collect the
Clean Truck Fee. Fees are charge claiming each container.
Clean Truck Fee
Effective February 18, 2009, the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will implement the Clean Truck Fee as part of a plan to
attempt to reduce truck pollution. An Electronic System, PortCheck, is used by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to process
trucks and to collect the Clean Truck Fee. All containers being picked up by truck directly from the Ports of Los Angeles and Long
Beach are processed through PortCheck. The Clean Truck Fee applies when the truck picking up the freight does not qualify as
a “clean truck” under the Clean Truck Program.
Commercial Invoices (1 per entry included)
The commercial invoice is the document from the seller to the buyer that includes very detailed information regarding the shipment;
price, terms of sale, description, part numbers, delivery address, bill to party, etc. “1 per entry included” means that included in our
base price is the classification of one invoice.
A Customs Bond is a guarantee to Customs that the importer will pay all duties, taxes, and fees associated with the importation of
commercial goods into the United States, in full and in a timely manner. This guarantee is typically granted by a surety or bond
company to the importer or principal. A continuous bond can be purchased on an annual basis and will cover all entries for the
importer of record, through any port - providing the broker has a valid power of attorney from the importer or principal. The
continuous bond renews annually until terminated by importer, principal, Customs Broker, or Surety. The minimum bond amount
required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection is $50,000 or 10% of the total duties, taxes and fees, plus all open increased duty
bills and debit vouchers paid in the previous 12- months; whichever is greater.
Customized Reports Fee
This is a fee for customized reports not available via SCS’ Web-based reporting tools, Flex® Global View. Reports from our Web-
based tools are available free of charge.
Courier (Overnight Documents) - If Used
This charge is applied when a shipment is not SCS carried and arrangements must be made to pick up or deliver documents
(commercial invoice, HAWB etc.) needed to file the entry.
Customs Consulting Services
We offers a variety of trade consulting services, which are available on an
hourly or per transaction basis. Examples of consulting services include:
o Post Entry Services
o Binding Rulings
o Special trade program eligibility
o Export compliance programs
o Vendor consulting and management
o C-TPAT, CSI, PIP, FAST approval consulting
o Import/export license coordination
o Alternative records storage development
These are instructions given to the trucking company that will deliver the freight to the ultimate consignee. This is a manual process.
A disbursement fee is a fee for amounts paid or processed on behalf of a client. The importer has the option of paying amounts due
to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and other government agencies and freight carriers directly.
Electronic Export Information (EEI)
The Federal Trade Regulation (FTR) mandates that all export information for which a Shipper's Export Declaration (SED) is required
must now be filed electronically through the Automated Export System (AES) only. Thus, the paper SED form (7525-V) is now
obsolete. Census will no longer accept paper SEDs after September 30, 2008. Electronic Export Information (EEI) is the new official
name of data filed in the AES and is the electronic equivalent to the data previously reported via the paper SED form.
eManifest - Truck
All trucks crossing into the U.S. are required to submit Advance Manifest Information through the ACE portal of the U.S. Customs
and Border Protection (CBP) Truck e-Manifest service.
An Entry is the documentation required by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and filed with the appropriate U.S. Customs and
Border Protection officer and/or other government agency, to secure the release of imported merchandise from U.S. Customs and
Border Protection custody, or the act of filing that documentation - “to make entry”.
Entry/Immediate Release Delivery (Filing of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 3461)
This service represents the presentation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 3461 (cargo release) to U.S. Customs and
Border Protection via ABI. All critical release data is transmitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection by using the information
formatted within the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 3461 for release of the cargo. Once a release message is received
from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the cargo will be permitted to move on to the destination point. Filing of U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Form 3461 is included in the base price.
Entry Summary (Filing of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 7501)
This service represents the presentation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 7501 (entry summary) to U.S. Customs and
Border Protection via ABI. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 7501 is the final presentation to U.S. Customs and Border
Protection and includes the payment of duties and other U.S. Customs and Border Protection related charges. The U.S. Customs
and Border Protection Form 7501 must be filed with U.S. Customs and Border Protection within 10 working days of entry/immediate
release (U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 3461). Filing of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Form 7501 is included in
the base price.
Emergency Contact Services
This fee is charged for emergency clearance services provided after business hours.
This service is incurred when we arrange cartage of freight to the exam site as requested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
FDA Prior Notice Fee
This fee applies to imports that require prior notification by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Certain Commodities must
have prior notification given to the FDA within pre-set timeframes to allow review of all documents. The goal is to provide FDA with
enough information and time to stop potentially harmful commodities from entering the U.S. SCS can provide the Prior Notice
Service upon request.
Every entry packet is sent to the Importer of Record (IOR) once billing is completed. This fee is incurred when additional copies of
an entry packet are requested for other parties.
Flex Global View
Flex Global View is the current SCS web-based management reporting tool. Flex Global View is provided at no additional charge.
A formal entry is a consumption entry with a shipment value in excess of $2,000. However, certain commodities such as textiles and
plastics may require a formal entry even if the shipment value is less than $2,000.
FTZ Admission/Withdrawal Entries
This fee is for entry or withdrawal from a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). An FTZ is a special commercial or industrial area in or near a
port of entry where foreign and domestic merchandise, including raw materials, components, and finished goods may be brought
in without being subject to payment of customs duties. Merchandise brought into these zones may be stored, sold, exhibited,
repacked, assembled, sorted, graded, cleaned, or otherwise manipulated prior to re-export or entry in the national customs territory.
Government Contract Follow Up Fee
This fee applies to shipments imported duty free under a government contract number. The duty-free status is contingent on a valid
certificate. The fee covers entry summary preparation, requesting the dutyfree certificate(s) from the Defense Logistics Agency and
submitting the entry to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for immediate liquidation.
This fee applies to shipments that are hand-carried into the U.S. aboard a commercial carrier. Since these shipments must still
clear U.S. Customs and Border Protection, special arrangements must be made for the customs broker to meet the person at the
airport with the release information so they can proceed through U.S. Customs and Border Protection without delays.
Hub User’s Fee
The Hub User’s fee is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Fee that applies only to freight shipments transiting.
Importer Security Filing (ISF) Fee
This fee covers the collection, validation, and submission of information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for ocean
shipments on behalf of an importer. An ISF is required to be submitted electronically to CBP 24 hours prior to loading ocean freight
on any vessel destined for the U.S. This fee covers ISF services provided for shipments entered for consumption, entered into a
foreign trade zone (FTZ), or for any shipment transiting the U.S. en route to a foreign destination under a transportation bond.
Importer Security Filing (ISF) Amendment Fee
If there are any amendments that need to be made after the initial ISF filing is processed, an amendment can be requested. This
fee applies to that service.
In the event freight must be moved from one port to another, U.S. Customs and Border Protection must be provided with an entry
that gives the details of the move. This process allows the freight to be moved without being cleared as it has not yet entered the
commerce of the U.S. but is still considered “bonded” freight. Upon arrival in the destination port, the freight can be cleared and
An informal entry is a consumption entry valued less than $2,000, but more than $200. A shipment valued less than $200 may enter
the U.S. as a section 321 (for a definition, see Section 321) entry.
Invoice Revision Fee
This fee is charged in the event the SCS’ invoice needs to be revised and re-billed to another party due to customer request after the
initial billing. All invoicing is based on customer instructions and/or instructions that are provided on the commercial invoice.
This fee covers the administrative work to research and document Landed Cost reports. Landed cost is the total cost of a shipment
delivered to a named location, specifically the cost of the goods plus the cost of transportation.
Lines of Classifications (1 per entry included)
Each product must be classified with a tariff classification number. One invoice can have numerous parts requiring many
classifications. U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations state that products that are “specifically provided for” in the tariff
must be utilized before using “parts not specially provided for” elsewhere in the tariff. Note that each country of manufacture must be
listed separately even though the same classification may apply. “1 per entry included” means that our base price includes one line
Messenger Service (Non-SCS Shipments)
When another carrier is used, documents needed to release the shipment must be picked up at the carrier’s site and returned back
to the SCS clearance office for processing. This fee covers the services of a messenger to physically pick up the documents.
Monitor/Transmit Prior Notice Number
After submitting the prior notice, the submitter will receive an approval number to allow the freight to move into the U.S. This number
is then attached to the actual entry and FDA release request as part of the immediate release entry documentation.
Normal Postal Fee
This service is included in our base fee and covers the cost of postal services.
Ocean Delivery Coordination
This fee applies for the arrangement of an ocean shipment delivery.
Other Government Agency Transmission
This fee applies when entry documents are transmitted to various government agencies, including:
o U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
o Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
o U.S. Fish & Wildlife (F&W)
o U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
o Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
o United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Weekend clearances, after-hours clearances, and any other special arrangements required to clear a shipment outside normal
working hours may incur this fee.
Personal Effects Entry
This fee covers the importation of personal use items, i.e. if a customer is moving their personal effects to the U.S. Personal effects
imports in this manner cannot be sold or given away for the period of one year from the date of importation.
PierPASS is a not-for-profit organization created by marine terminal operators to reduce congestion and improve air quality in and
around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
OffPeak is the off-peak hours program created by PierPASS. OffPeak provides an incentive for cargo owners to move cargo at night
and on weekends, in order to reduce truck traffic and pollution during peak daytime traffic hours and to alleviate port congestion.
If USCustomsClearing.com is requested to arrange pick up of freight during what is considered “Peak hours”, USCustomsClearing.
com will charge a fee of $10.00 to register each container for pick up.
Post Entry Amendment (PEA)
This fee covers the research and submission of a PEA, which allows for the correction of classification, valuation or other errors
prior to the liquidation of an entry. In most cases, a PEA is submitted with the goal of obtaining a duty refund.
This fee covers the creation and submission of a protest to U.S. Customs and Border Protection on behalf of an importer. A protest
is a means by which an importer, consignee, or other designated party may challenge a decision made by U.S. Customs and
Border Protection. A protest must be filed within 90 days after liquidation.
This service provides for the scanning of documentation upon the customer’s request.
Service to Act as a Registered U.S. Agent
(Food and Drug Administration [FDA] Bio-Terrorism Act Requirement) If an importer does not have agent representation in the U.S.,
SCS will provide this service for a fee. This service is limited to Food & Drug Administration business as it pertains to rules and
regulations set forth by the FDA and the Bio-Terrorism Act.
Single Transaction Bond Preparation
A bond is required by the federal government in connection with the payment of duties or to produce documentation. U.S. Customs
and Border Protection entries must be accompanied by evidence that a surety bond is posted with U.S. Customs and Border
Protection to cover any potential duties, taxes, and penalties which may accrue. A single entry bond is prepared by the broker and
covers one shipment. This fee covers the preparation of the required bond.
This fee provides simplified entry processing for shipments valued at $200 USD or less. There is no duty or Merchandise
Processing Fee (MPF) assessed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on most Section 321 entries; however, certain products
such as textiles, clothing, alcohol, tobacco, and food may require a formal entry, regardless of value.
Steel License Program
All steel entering the U.S. must be licensed until 2009 as a result of an Executive Order requiring the monitoring of U.S. steel
imports. This fee covers the required reporting to the U.S. Government. Once the Executive Order expires, additional duty increases
may apply. A license must be obtained for each entry containing steel and is required at the time of processing U.S. Customs and
Border Protection Form 7501.
Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) Entry
When merchandise is imported for temporary use into the U.S., a Temporary Importation Bond (TIB) entry may be used to allow the
cargo entry into the U.S. without the payment of duties. Under a TIB, the merchandise can stay in the U.S. for one year, with the
potential to obtain two, one-year extensions for a total period of three years. The TIB must be cancelled prior to exportation or there
may be penalties issued by Customs & Border Protection.
Upon export, a TIB must be cancelled by providing U.S. Customs and Border Protection with the original entry information from
which it entered into the U.S. Upon approval by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the TIB will be cancelled and duties will not be
owed to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. If the TIB is not cancelled properly, U.S. Customs and Border Protection can impose
These are entries that primarily include textiles.
Textile Surcharge – Occasional Customer
This fee applies to irregular importers of textiles to cover the complexity and additional time to correctly classify textile entries.
Ultimate Consignee Surcharge:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires the proper identification of the Ultimate Consignee when making an entry into the U.
S. Without this information, entry into the U.S. will be denied. Additionally, U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires the
identification number to be reported on each line item of the customs entry. This surcharge covers the broker collecting the required
information and/or submitting it to CBP.
The Ultimate Consignee is the party in the U.S. to whom the foreign shipper sold the imported goods. If the merchandise has not
been sold, the Ultimate Consignee is defined as the party in the U.S. to whom the foreign shipper consigned the imported goods. If
the imported goods have not been sold or consigned to a U.S. party, then the Ultimate Consignee is defined as the proprietor of the
U.S. premises to which the goods are to be delivered. Ultimate Consignee can be identified by the Federal Employer Identification
Number, Social Security Number, or U.S. Customs and Border Protection Port Assigned Number for Non- Resident Importers.
Use of Importers Bond with Valid Power of Attorney (POA)
This service is part of our base entry fee. The POA gives the customs broker the authority to submit documents and conduct other
customs business on behalf of the importer. One of the requirements of a POA is that a bond must be in place. If the customer
already has a Continuous bond, the only way a broker can use the importer’s bond is by the importer granting the bond user a POA.
Use of Importers Bond with a valid POA is included in the base price.
If the merchandise does not have to be used immediately after it is imported, a warehouse entry can be made. The merchandise is
held in a bonded warehouse without the payment of duties.
Warehouse Withdrawal for Consumption
A warehouse withdrawal is the removal of freight from storage. At that time, a warehouse withdrawal is prepared to remove the
freight by clearing it through Customs, paying duties, and making the cargo available to the buyer/ultimate consignee.
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