CBP Electronic In-Bond System

Since July 29th, 2019, in-bond exports and in-bond arrivals now have to be reported electronically. This is unlike in the past when it was possible to submit a paper copy of the 7512 to  CBP and then get the CBP officer to close the in-bond.

CBP in-bonds include the following in-bond types

  • Type 61- Immediate Transportation
  • Type 62- Transportation & Exportation
  • Type 63- Immediate Exportation

CBP Letter of Intent (LOI)

To use the Customs City In-Bond Manager, carriers will need to get a filer code from CBP. Customs City works with carriers to help craft a Letter of Intent (LOI) that is then submitted to the CBP. CBP will issue a filer code that will make it possible to use the Customs City to file In-bond submissions.

Who Can File CBP In-Bond Transactions?

  • The carrier bringing the shipment to the port of origination
  • The carrier taking possession of the merchandise under the bond for transportation to the port of exportation or the destination port.
  • Any legal agent or person that has sufficient interest in the cargo as shown on the manifest, bill of lading, certificate of importing carrier or any other document. The agent may be asked to provide evidence showing satisfactory interest.

CBP In-bond Requirements

  • Electronic reporting of in-bond arrivals and in-bond exports are mandatory – The CBP will no longer accept copies of the in-bond 7512 in paper format
  • In-bond arrival and export have to be reported no more than two business days after the in-bond event
  • In-bond Diversions – Transportation companies must make in-bond port diversions electronically
  • In-bond arrival requires a FIRMS code – All arrivals have to submit a FIRMS code that informs CBP of the arrival of the in-bond shipment
  • 30-day maximum transit time – Transportation companies have to adhere to a strict 30-day maximum transit time

Exceptions Concerning the Elimination of the 7512 Document

  • Shipments transported by aircraft
  • Differences in requirements of specific CBP Ports
  • Requirements for foreign trade movements and bonded warehouses

Given that it is not possible to know when the document may be required, it is recommended to have it alongside every shipment to prevent any complications or delays.

The Five Main Statuses of an In-Bond during the In-bond Process;

  1. On File: – Once the in-bond is sent and on file with CBP
  2. Enroute: An enroute designation is given to s shipment upon initial entry into the United States. It can also be given immediately after the creation of the in-bond if it is for a foreign trade zone withdrawal or a bonded warehouse. According to regulations, these in-bond shipments need to be at their destination in no more than 30 days or else they will be declared overdue.
  3. Arrived: An in-bond will be designated as arrived once it reached the destination port in the United States and its arrival reported to the Customs Border Protection Agency electronically. Such a designation will typically complete the in-bond process for Immediate Transportation type in-bonds as after this they will typically be deemed “closed.”
  4. Exported: Goods that have left the US are designated as exported once they have been reported as such to the CBP through electronic means. They could also be deemed exported when the shipment is in a location in which export is reasonably certain. For instance, goods at an airport, seaport or rail location and under a carrier charged with exporting them. This designation signifies the end of the in-bond process for type Immediate Export and Transportation and type Exportation which will then be deemed “closed.”
  5. Concluded: In some situations, the in-bond will be concluded by the filing of a subsequent in-bond. In such an instance, the in-bond will show as “arrived.” Once a subsequent in-bond is filed, the previous one will be designated as “Concluded” given that the liability will transfer from the old to the new in-bond and in doing so complete the in-bond process. The initial in-bond will then be deemed “closed.”

How to Sign Up For Customs City’s U.S. In-Bond Manager

To use the Customs City In-Bond Manager, carriers will need to get a filer code from CBP by completing the above CBP LOI document.  Please send completed LOI applications to service@customscity.com and we will facilitate the sending of the LOI to CBP on your behalf.  Please click on the pricing link below to look at our CBP Electronic In-Bond pricing plans and sign up for your account today.