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CSMS #17-000734
  Title: Information on COBRA User Fee Changes Effective Jan 1, 2018
  Date: 11/22/2017 10:39:07 AM
  To: Automated Broker Interface, ACE Portal Accounts, New ACE Programming, Trade Policy Updates
Pursuant to the CBP Final Rule (82 FRN 50523) and the General Notice (82 FRN 50659) published 
November 1, 2017, various changes to user fees within the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 will take effect on January 1, 2018.
The following changes are currently in the ACE Certification environment for trade testing, and the corresponding CATAIR will be posted to by the end of this week.  These changes will be in the ACE Production environment by November 30, 2017, and will be effective for entries with an entry date on or after January 1, 2018.   
The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) ad valorem rate of 0.3464% will NOT change.  The MPF minimum and maximum for formal entries (class code 499) will change.  The minimum will change from $25 to $25.67 and the maximum will change from $485 to $497.99.  
The Informal MPF (class code 311) will change to $2.05.
The dutiable mail fee (class code 496) will change to $5.65.
The surcharge for manual entry or release will change to $3.08.