On December 6, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) posted a final rule in the Federal Register that increases the limit, from $2,000 to $2,500, for which merchandise qualifies for an informal entry. The rule also reduces the minimum Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) from $25 to $2. Concurrently, Canada is increasing its informal entry limit from $1,600 to $2,500.
The changed was effected to meet a commitment of the Beyond the Border Initiative to expedite customs clearance between the U.S. and Canada.
The rule is effective January 7, 2013.