Importers are directly responsible for payment of all duties assessed by Customs. Until now, Customs Brokers have often advanced these import duties for the importer. The new tariffs imposed by President Trump have forced Customs Brokers to revisit this practice.
Cash flow is critical to Customs Brokers, and most are not able to “float” large amounts of cash for their import clients. As a result, many no longer advance duties for the importer, and those that do are now charging a fee for dispersing these funds.
An alternative for importers facing large duty amounts is direct payment of duties to Customs via ACH.
With ACH Debit, payment authorizations are transmitted directly to U.S. Customs Border and Protection (CBP). CBP then sends the payment information through the network to the payer’s financial institution.
Applying for ACH Debit
Complete an ACH debit application form provided by OCEANAIR or CBP. Mail or fax the completed application to the Customs Revenue Division. Please note, application processing time is 7 to 10 business days. The Revenue Division will notify you in writing to confirm your ACH Payer Unit number and effective date.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection – Revenue Division
ACH Debit Applications
6650 Telecom Drive, Ste 100 Indianapolis, IN 46278
Phone: (317) 298-1200 x1098
FAX: (317) 298-1259
For more information, visit CBP’s website by clicking here.