US CBP – Amendments to U.S. Custom and
Border Protection (CBP) In-Bond Movements
Please take note of a recent CBP amendment that applies to shipments moving in-bond into, or through, the US.
The new revision stipulates that cargo moving In-Bond in the U.S. must contain a 6-digit level Harmonize Tariff Schedule of the United States number (HTSUS) on the Bill of Lading.
NOTE: although the revision only applies to in-bond movements, many steamship lines are now starting to require the 6-digit HTS to be on the BL for all shipments.
This mandatory ruling took effect on November 27, 2017, with a 60 day informed compliance period during which time penalties will not be issued for non-compliance.
After January 27, 2018, US CBP may issue penalties for missing HTS codes on In-Bond Shipments and/or reject the in-bond request until the HTS code is provided.
To stay compliant, please ensure all BL data for cargo discharging at a USA port includes the HTS code in the HS Code field.
For more information, please visit CBP’s website at: https://www.cbp.gov/news/changes-bond-process-0
If you have any questions, please contact your BOC Representative. Thank you.
1,065-foot container ship breaks free from Boston terminal
BOSTON – A container ship broke free from a terminal in Boston, the Coast Guard confirmed early Wednesday morning.
The 1,065-foot ship “Helsinki Bridge” was at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal when the 12 lines securing the vessel broke.
Terminal workers who were on the ship were able to get off, and no injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard caught up to the ship and brought it to Broad Sound, where it was anchored.
The ship will eventually be towed back to the terminal.
Please expect significant delays.
BOC headquarters’ office will be closed today, October 31, 2017
Hello – Please be advised BOC headquarters’ office building in Boston had a major water main break this morning. Many employees will be working remotely. However, you may see a delay in email response. We apologize, in advance, for this inconvenience.
Important information about Houston flooding
All Port Houston facilities will remain closed on Wednesday August 30th due to the weather impact across Houston.
We will be continuing to monitor weather conditions to determine when operations can safely resume. At this point no indications from the U.S. Coast Guard on when the Houston Ship Channel will reopen for vessel transits. Updates will be provided as more information is available.
With Houston Airports Closed, Airlines Cancel Thousands of Flights
Houston’s major airports — George Bush Intercontinental, the city’s largest, and William P. Hobby Airport — are expected to remain closed until Wednesday.