U.S. Customs Update: Beginning In July, Electronic In-Bond Filing Will Be Required

Late last year, 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 post)

In June, 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.

Remember, after the rule is fully implemented, paper in-bond will no longer be accepted. Bonded carriers will be required to file electronically either directly with CBP or through a 3rd-party service solution, such as Vilden's e-CLEAR Customs Filing Solution. If you are not already filing electronically or fully meeting the new requirements, this is the best time to consider finding a solution before the rule is fully enforced. Click here to see more details on how e-CLEAR can help you file electronic in-bond information directly to U.S. Customs. Have questions or need further clarification? Contact us anytime at, we will be more than happy to assist you in any way. Below you will find a link to CBP's In-bond webpage.  Click here to view CBP's In-bond FAQ