U.S. importers have the option to release their own goods by themselves.
Not many people know that for a while now US citizens are allowed to file to the ISFs and Entry Summaries in order to release their goods without the help of a customs broker and fully automatically.
For Entry Summary filling (customs clearing) you will need to obtain a self-filer code from the CBP, the Self filer assigned by the port director in the port most used by the importer.
1. How to get the Self Filer Code?
A filer code is a unique identification number of permitted persons to file customs files, Obtained from CBP and assigned by the port director.
In order to obtain the self-filer code and start filling your own entries (clearing goods by yourself) a letter of intent must be sent to the relevant Port Director ( the importer?s main port of entry).
CBP will assign a self-filer code of 3 digits and the name of an ABI Client representative that will be assigned for you. ABI representative is your go-to guy in the CBP, for instance you may approach the ABI representative and ask customs questions, get In-bond (Immediate transfer) numbers in order to move your goods from Port of Entry (the arrival point of your goods) to Port of Unlading (the point where your goods are unloaded from the vessel/flight) if needed.
You should receive a response from the Port Director within 14 days.
If no response has been received, you should resend the request and may approach our support as well.
All the process is self-explanatory in eezyimport platform, and templates of letter of intent are available and will be sent to your email.
Upon receiving the filer code from the Port Director, you should enter the eezyimport Self Filer moduleand enter the Filer Code.
ABI Profile update and ACH Payment unique number are the next steps in building your profile to self-file your entries, and should be updated only after obtaining the self-filer code.
2. ABI Profile
In eezyimport self-explanatory process you will receive a template letter asking for an ABI profile. Enter ABI Client Representative details you received from ABI
ABI Profile update defines the importer in CBP systems and will allow the importer to self-clear his entries using ABI CLient representative when needed.
3. ACH Payment
PUN is a unique number that should be updated in the user profile for duties and taxes payments.
We are supporting the ACH Debit Daily payment method.
Setting a valid ACH payment unique number in the eezyimport platform will be used to enable you to authorize statements as received from CBP for your Entry Summary files.
After authorized and approved, only the CBP will be able to charge your bank account through the ACH Debit method.
eezyimport is just a pipeline, sending your information to the CBP enabling the user to communicate with the CBP during the process.
Upon completing the on boarding process you will become a fully self-filer importer ? able to handle your customs filing by yourself.
Please complete all the Self Filer details at https://app.eezyimport.com/companies/self-filer to file DIY Self Entry without customs broker.
If you don?t have Filer Code or haven?t completed the Self Filer module, but have to submit Entry right now, you can use our backup customs broker option until Filer Code is received.