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U.S. Increases the De Minimis Threshold on Inbound Shipments

Service Update


Posted 17 March 2016

The United States has increased the de minimis level on international shipments inbound to the U.S. from $200 per shipment to $800 per shipment*. The change took effect on10 March 2016.

The de minimis is the minimum dollar value of qualifying* goods below which no formal customs procedures are required and no duties or taxes are collected. This means that most shipments into the United States valued at less than $800 are now exempt from customs declarations and import taxes.

This represents a significant step in facilitating trade, reducing costs and accelerating the delivery of merchandise. In particular, this change will benefit exporters by reducing paperwork for faster clearance and improved transit time.

*Note: some U.S. government agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, may require formal customs entries on all goods for specific commodities, regardless of value and will not benefit from the new de minimis level.