December 6, 2017 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently issued the ‘Final Rule’ outlining changes to the In-bond process. The ‘Final Rule’ has an effective date of November 27, 2017, with a flexible enforcement period of 90 days.

Among the changes being implemented is the mandatory requirement for a 6-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) being applied for all in-bond cargo moves (adding Immediate Transportation on top of Immediate Exportation and Transportation & Exportation that currently require HTSUS).

During the flexible enforcement period, carriers will begin collecting HTSUS within the Shipping Instruction (SI) to meet the regulatory requirements. Accordingly, please guide your suppliers at origin that they are required to:

· Provide HTSUS codes with all cargo


· HTSUS codes can be found at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) website:

Canaan Transport will work with our customers to help support this CBP initiative and keep customers posted on any further developments regarding this regulation.

A full copy of the ‘Final Rule’ published by the U.S. Government Publishing Office can be reviewed at :