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All About Type 86 Entry for Section 321

Change is on the horizon with the way that goods are allowed to cross the U.S. border in bulk. E-commerce retailers need to take notice. Section 321 Type 86 entry has the ability to streamline the process and expedite the border clearance progression by removing duties from qualified low-value shipments.

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What Is a Type 86 Entry for Section 321?

Section 321 Type 86 is what is referred to as an optional entry. Created by the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, it functions to help businesses improve their shipping operations. Importation of bulk shipments into the US with a value of $800 or less are allowed without the need to pay duty taxes or fees. Ecommerce goods purchased often qualify. 

The new customs entry type assists Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in effectively managing the flow of goods into the country by creating greater visibility on items that are considered low-value shipments. The process improves border protection, safety, and security. The entire process becomes streamlined and seamless with assured approval and release. 



Utilizing the Type 86/Section 321 clearance the delivery process of your low-value shipments is speeded up. Filing for entry and the release of clearance is entirely conducted via electronic functions. You never have to worry about slow manual processing again. 

The Partner Government Agency data requirements also help further ensure the safety of security of the process so you can connect and stream data with ease. 

The biggest benefit of Section 321 Type 86 Clearance is that it helps you substantially cut duty costs on all of your low-value shipments. You can also substantially shorten the supply chain process of the international ocean and air cargo shipments. Customer satisfaction is greatly enhanced from start to finish.

You can ship individual orders of up to $800 directly which eliminates the process of transporting to distribution centers. Customs automatically clear the shipments duty-free. 

How Can a Customs Brokerage Help?

A customs brokerage can file all of your Type 86 entries while ensuring that your international low-value e-commerce shipments are entirely duty-free and reach their destinations timely, safely.

At Sobel Network Shipping Co., we’ll take care of all Partner Government Agency data requirements through the ABI (Automated Broker Interface) so you don’t have to worry about it and can enjoy peace of mind. Contact us today to learn more!


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