Who is Currently Participating? Participation in the CBP Section 321 Data Pilot is currently limited to 9 participants.  These nine participants were selected and approved by CBP to allow for a variety of industry participation (online marketplaces, carriers, freight forwarders and fulfillment centers.) The section 321 data pilot is a voluntary program that will lead [...]
What is Global E-Commerce? Sometimes referred to as borderless business or cross border commerce among other things, global e-commerce is critically important for any business looking to expand in 2020 and beyond. However, while it is important, navigating the nuances of cross border e-commerce can be complicated given that there are a lot of moving [...]
What is the Section 321 Data Pilot? Section 321 Data Pilot refers to a voluntary study by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The pilot study began on August 22, 2019 and is expected to run for a year. During the test period participants will electronically transmit cargo information about their e-commerce shipments to [...]
Section 321 is a shipment type used in the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ACE system that allows low-value shipments of <=$800 USD to be cleared through the border without paying duty or tax. To qualify for Section 321 shipment type any goods being imported into the US should not exceed a value of 800 [...]
Since January 2019, it has been mandatory to file advanced eManifest for Section 321 shipments which are shipments with a value of $800 or less. While all shipments that qualify for Section 321 shipments may enter the United States tax and duty-free, the trucker or highway carrier needs to file the electronic eManifest with CBP [...]
Every carrier (including ocean, highway and air)  entering the United States or Canda has to complete an electronic eManifest. Otherwise, the authorities (CBP or CBSA) will force the carrier to go back immediately when it arrives at the border (or even before loading the cargo at the foreign port as is the case for ocean [...]
Customs & Border Protection (CBP), ACE eManifest, and the Automated Commercial Environment are very well-developed organizations and systems. But regardless of how well designed an organization or system is, there will come a time when you will experience some downtime. In the CBP system with so many dependencies, there can be a lot of impact [...]
An Express Consignment Carrier Facility (ECCF) refers to a shared or separate specialized facility that has been authorized by the port director to handle the inspection and clearance of express consignment shipments. It is, for the most part, a bonded warehouse with the authorization and capacity to process high volumes of parcels coming into the [...]