Merchandise Processing Fee
Recent trade legislation, H.R. 2832, was signed into law on October 21, 2011, changing the merchandise processing fee (MPF) rate for formal entries from 0.21% (.0021) to 0.3464% (.003464), effective October 1, 2011. The minimum and maximum fees, $25 and $485 respectively, did not change. CBP is currently in the process of modifying our automated systems to accept the new MPF rate of 0.3464%. We do not have an estimated completion date at this time; however, we will notify the trade as soon as possible via the Cargo Systems Messaging Service, when filers may begin transmitting entry summary information with the new MPF rate. ( Cargo Systems Messaging Service )
For entries filed on or after October 1, 2011, until the CBP system changes take effect with the 0.3464% rate, CBP will bill the importer for the increase in MPF. CBP will disregard differences of less than $20.