U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION RELEASES INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREFERENCE CLAIMS UNDER THE U.S. – JAPAN TRADE AGREEMENT

Thursday, January 2, 2020

U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION RELEASES INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREFERENCE CLAIMS UNDER THE U.S. – JAPAN TRADE AGREEMENT

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued the following information for claiming preferential duty treatment under the U.S. – Japan Trade Agreement which became effective on January 1, 2020.

  • From January 1, 2020 through January 13, 2020, importers must pay duties on qualifying goods under the Agreement and request a preferential tariff retroactive claim by filing a post summary correction (PSC) to request the duty refund. 
  • On or after January 14, 2020, ACE will accept the new special program indicator ‘JP’ as a prefix to the eligible tariff number. Importers claiming preferential treatment under the Agreement must include on the entry, the special program indicator “JP” as a prefix to the eligible tariff number for each qualifying good requesting such preference.

To claim preferential tariff treatment under the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, the country of origin and export must both be “JP”.

Please note that claims for preferential treatment under this Agreement are not exempt from the merchandise processing fee (class code 499 and class code 311).  General  Note 36 will be added to the HTSUS and will include the requirements of the Agreement.

Click here for more information:  U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Text

Please be sure to contact us if you have any questions regarding this or any other trade matters.