What is the Difference between CBP Form 7501 and 3461?
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If you are new to importing or an experienced importer, you will have likely come across two forms when your licensed customs broker (CB)has submitted your shipment to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for customs clearance purposes. When importing your cargo into the U.S., complete information must be provided when filling out these forms in order to avoid any issues or costly delays with the clearance of your cargo.
Remember that you, as the Importer of Record, are still responsible for all duties/taxes/customs inspection fees and any related charges that or penalties that arise from your imported shipment. And with that comes also the liability if you get it wrong. It is highly recommended to use a licensed CHB to submit customs entry and customs release to CBP.
There are two major forms when submitting a customs entry: the Customs Entry (CBP Form 7501) and the Customs Release (CBP Form 3461). You can search for all of the CBP Forms by clicking here a, enter the form name or number, and then Download it.
CBP Form 7501 (Customs Entry Summary)
To accurately report the cargo that has entered the U.S. and pay duties, taxes, and related fees, the “Entry Summary,” must be filed. The Customs Broker will use the entry to determine relevant information regarding the imported commodity or commodities, and assign AHECC codes.
There are over 30 pieces of information that need to be filed accurately, take a look and download them here. If you are using a customs broker, we think you have made a very wise decision.
Your payment must follow with the form. If you choose to use us to manage the customs clearance process for you, our industry specific customs brokers will submit both forms and funds for your duty electronically.
It significantly easier to be setup with CBP to pay your duties/taxes/fees directly via ACH payment methods. If you would like to get set up through the CBP for an ACH debit,please download the CBP 400 application.
CBP Form 3461 (Customs Release)
This Form 3461 is first document that will be submitted to CBP. Sometimes the department will request a hard copy of the 3461 as well as other shipping documents to review the shipment. CBP will either sign off on this shipment, releasing it so you can proceed with the 7501 or mark it for inspection or exam depending on the commodity. After release, you or the CHB has ten days to file the more detailed Entry Summary. CBP has created a step-by-step guide to filling out the 3461 which can be found here. If you are using us to manage your customs clearance, we do follow this through for you and tell when its completed.
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