Customs Container Residue Pilot Postponed


Assistant Commissioner Richard DiNucci, CBP, DHS, announced today that new manifesting and entry requirements for containers with residue returning to the United States, scheduled to go into effect November 25, 2013, would be postponed.  DiNucci made the decision after meeting with IME and other industry associations to better understand issues with the new requirements and the process by which they were being implemented.  The requirements were expected to cost millions without commensurate safety or security benefits.  The requirements could also conceivably trigger other agencies’ requirements, including import licenses issued by ATF.  IME looks forward to working with CBP on this issue.  IME is also supporting legislation, HR 2803, that would eliminate the need to enter and track residue in containers as proposed.