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CBP Begins Retroactive Billing of Merchandise Processing Fees (MPF)

Customs and Border Protection has begun the retroactive MPF billing process for merchandise entered October 1, 2011 through November 4, 2011.  The retroactive increase affects over 650,000 entry summaries, and CBP will process the bills in batches from June to September 2012.

Important Facts:

  • CBP will not bill for increases of less than $20.00.
  • CBP will generate bills for entries that are not liquidated and are not flagged for reconciliation.
  • Please note that multiple bills may be paid with one check, as long as a supplemental spreadsheet is provided, which lists each bill number and bill amount.
  • CBP will not assess interest on bill amounts for the increased MPF.


Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (TAA) was signed into law on October 21, 2011. This law increased the merchandise processing fee (MPF) 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 completed the automated system programming on November 5, 2011 and advised that they would bill importers for those entries entered October 1 through November 4, 2011.  However, CBP could not begin the billing until they had completed the refund processing for the retroactive renewals of the Generalized System of Preferences, Andean Trade Preference Act, and the Andean Trade Promotion, and Drug Eradication Act, also passed on October 21, 2011.

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