Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Remote Location Filing Becomes Permanent

The notice of final rule for Remote Location Filing “RLF” was published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2009.

RLF is a program that allows approved customs brokers and importers to file electronic entry data for clearance of imported cargo from a location other than where the goods will arrive. For example, a broker located in New Orleans can file an entry for merchandise located in Charlotte. North Carolina.

RLF allows customs brokers with a national permit to serve several port locations without the cost of maintaining multiple offices. Approved importers and brokers transmit electronic entry data via the Automated Broker Interface, also called ABI, to designated RLF ports.

The new regulations making RLF a permanent CBP program will be included part of 19 CFR 143 Subpart E and become effective on January 29, 2010.

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