CBP extends quota-preprocessing test through 2008
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it would continue its quota preprocessing program test through Dec. 31, 2008.
The test was due to expire Dec. 31, 2006. The agency said it’s extending the test so that it can “continue to evaluate the program’s effectiveness.”
CBP first rolled out the quota-preprocessing test in September 1998. Today the program is active in all CBP ports.
Quota preprocessing allows certain quota-based apparel import entries to be filed, reviewed for admissibility and to have their quota priority and status determined by CBP before arrival of the carrier, a similar method by which non-quota entries are currently processed, the agency said.
“The purpose of quota preprocessing is to reduce CBP processing time for qualified quota entries and to expedite the release of the subject merchandise to the importer,” the agency added.