In late 2017, we reported on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had published a final rule that adopts amendments to CBP regulations regarding changes to the in-bond process published in the Federal Register on February 22, 2012. The changes in this rule, included the automation of the in-bond process, will require in-bond applications to be submitted electronically for in-bond merchandise transported by ocean/rail/truck through ACE or ABI. (Click to see our December 2017 post)


In June 2018, CBP released an updated FAQ regarding the implementation of this requirement with dates attached. Below you will find the most pertinent points we found from CBP In-bond webpage:


Beginning July 2, 2018:

  • Paper CBP Form 7512 will no longer be accepted by CBP for input into ACE. Electronic filing of new in-bond transactions will be the responsibility of the trade.
  • Paper forms or other paper alternatives (screen prints or plain paper documents etc.) will be accepted as part of enforcement processes at the border or verification/audit operations such as warehouse withdrawals, FTZ exports and transfers or vessel/aircraft supply operations where additional information is required on paper forms that is not provided for electronically.


Beginning August 6, 2018:

  • Electronic reporting of all transactions will be mandatory; CBP will no longer accept paper copies of the CBPF 7512 to perform arrival and export functionality. These functions will be the requirement of the carrier. In addition, electronic reporting of diversion to a port other than reported on the original in-bond will be required. An ACE edit will reject arrival if not performed. Electronic reporting of bonded cargo location (FIRMS code) will be required. An ACE edit will reject arrival if not provided.
  • At this time, no date is set for implementation of the provision requiring the 6-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule number requirement for Immediate Transportation (I.T.) movements.
  • Internal outreach webinars/telephone conferences will be conducted, as needed.


Will this rule in full effect,  paper in-bond is no longer be accepted. Bonded carriers will be required to file electronically either directly with CBP or through a 3rd-party service solution.



Vilden's e-CLEAR has the ability to file electronic in-bond and will comply with this requirement.. Our service provides two options for filing in-bond:

  1. File BL data in AMS to comply with new in-bond rule. e-CLEAR will allow user to file in-bond for the BL files in AMS to Customs & Border Protection (CBP).
  2. File direct paperless in-bond to Customs independent of BL filing.


Types of in-bond files that can be sent electronically to CBP

  • Immediate Transportation (I.T.) - Used to move merchandise in-bond without paying duty and taxes and no examination  until the goods arrive at the port of destination and entry is filed.
  • Immediate Exportation (I.E.) - Used to export merchandise from the same port of origin.
  • Transportation and Exportation (T&E) - Used to move and export merchadise at another port, other than port of origin.


Benefits of in-bond filing with e-CLEAR

  • No Hidden Costs - No user license fees, no maintenance fees, no upgrade fees, no support fees.
  • Web-based Solution - No I.T. or hardware maintenance costs. Accessible from anywhere in the world.
  • 40 Years of Expertise - Vilden has been providing the transportation industry with software solutions for 40 years. Long standing ties with U.S. Customs


Vilden will help users set up unique environments to file electronically with CBP and assist in setup with Customs. Have questions or need further clarification? Contact us anytime at or 562.997.7000, we will be more than happy to assist you in any way!