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Section 321,Type 86

What is Section 321, Entry Type 86?

•    A Section 321 is a U.S. Shipment Type for goods to clear through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

•    In March 7, 2019, Section 321 was amended to increase entry limits from $200 USD to $800 USD.

•    To qualify for Section 321 release a shipment must not exceed 800 U.S. dollars in value.

•    There is no bond requirement for Entry Type 86.

•    Type 86 clearance is for e-commerce Shipments.

•    Section 301, Section 201 and 232 that meets de minimis requirements may currently be filed as an Entry Type 86.

•    Shipments released as per Section 321 are free of duty and tax.

•    PGA

-    Entry Type 86 will be applicable to any PGA regulated commodity that requires a PGA message set, including those that have associated


-    Entry Type 86 is not available to PGA regulated commodities that require fee collection.

Entry Type 86 Restrictions

•    One shipment, per person, per day, not to exceed $800.

•    Multiple shipments cannot be consolidated into one Entry Type 86. Only one house or bill can be provided on an Entry Type 86.

•    Goods that are not permitted be filed under Entry Type 86

-    Antidumping/Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD)

-    goods subject to quota

-    certain tobacco and alcohol products

-    goods taxed under the Internal Revenue Code, are not permitted to be filed under Entry Type 86.

•    If CBP determines a shipment does not qualify for de minimis treatment and requires formal entry, a bond will be required to file an Type 01

Consumption Entry.

Entry Type 86 filing Data Elements

An entry type “86” requires

the owner, purchaser, or customs broker appointed by the owner, purchaser, or consignee

to file the following data elements with CBP at any time prior to, or upon arrival.

List of Data Elements for Entry Type 86 Filing:

1.    The bill of lading or the air waybill number

2.    Entry number

3.    Planned port of entry

4.    Shipper name, address, and country

5.    Consignee name and address

6.    Country of origin

7.    Quantity

8.    Fair retail value in the country of shipment

9.    10-digit HTSUS number

10.    IOR number of the owner, purchaser, or broker when designated by a consignee (conditional).

Section 321 filing - Air to file

1.    Air AMS

2.    ACAS

3.    Entry Type 86

Section 321 filing - Ocean to file

1.    AMS

2.    ISF

3.    Entry Type 86

E-Freight Section 321 Solution for Ocean

Section 321 Ocean Filing is more complicated due to more filing types required, more data elements to prepare. E-Freight will split the 3 filings into 2 stages.

1.    First Stage: 24 hours before Loading -> AMS & ISF Filing

•    Mass EDI Upload

•    E-Freight has 20 years’ experience in AMS filing, in-depth understanding of ISF requirements.

•    Must process Large Volume shipments effectively for more packages in one container batch.

•    Avoid Filing rejections.

•    Avoid Mismatch of AMS and ISF that can cause Hold in Destination Port.

•    Allow Edit and Deletion of consumer shipment in the container batch.

•    Send out filing statistics to report Completeness of first stage.

2.    Second Stage: before Vessel Arrival -> Entry Type 86 Filing

•    Monitor the completeness of Entry type 86 Filing.

•    Capture and exchange Release, Hold and Hold Remove Status with e-commerce system, or destination Bond warehouse in earlier timeframe.

For more information about Section 321, Entry Type 86, FAQ : https://www.cbp.gov/print/352695

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