The Office of International Trade is issuing a blanket authorization for Immediate Delivery
(ID) procedures for merchandise to be released on or after December 17, 2012 and until December 31, 2012, in accordance with 19 CFR 142.21(i). The authorization is offered to filers who choose to file using the 2013 Harmonized Tariff Schedule. In the event that President Obama declares a Federal holiday on December 24, the blanket authorization will cover the period December 14, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
This blanket authorization does not apply to merchandise moved under an immediate transportation entry (type 61). Tariff rate quota merchandise previously authorized for ID release under 19 CFR 142.21(e) may still be released under ID; however, the filer must present summary within the time specified in 19 CFR 142.23, or within the quota period, whichever expires first.
In those instances where the paper CBP Form 3461/CBP Form 3461(ALT) is used as the entry document and importers wish to elect ID, a line must be drawn through the word "ENTRY" on the document. ABI entry transmissions, including the "paperless" provisional message, will establish the desired entry date by using the estimated entry date in the summary transmission (“EI” transmission). This will identify the change from "Entry" to "Immediate Delivery" and will allow filers to elect a date of entry in order to take advantage of tariff changes or special programs. Under ID procedures, the entry/entry summary must be filed within 10 working days after release. This blanket authority extends to shipments released December 17, 2012 through December 31, 2012 only (or December 14, 2012 through December 31, 2012 as specified above). No grace period will be granted for the purpose of timely filing ID entry summaries under this one-time allowance.
Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to Ms. Laurie Dempsey, Chief, Entry, Summary and Drawback Management at (202) 863-6509.