On August 17, 2011, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a final rule in the Federal Register amending Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) pertaining to the method by which U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issues courtesy notices of liquidation to importers of record whose entry summaries are filed in the Automated Broker Interface (ABI).
Currently, CBP provides an electronic courtesy notice to the ABI filers and a paper courtesy notice to the importer of record. In an effort to streamline the notification process and reduce printing and mailing costs, CBP will discontinue mailing paper courtesy notices of liquidation. Effective September 17, 2011, all ABI filers (importers of records and brokers that file as the agent of an importer of record) will receive electronic courtesy notices. In addition, all importers of record with an Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal Account can monitor the liquidation of their entries by using the reporting tool and the ACE Secure Data Portal Account. Importers of record whose entries are not filed through ABI will continue to receive paper courtesy notices of liquidation.