CSMS# 18-000057 (Jan. 17, 2018) announced that the 2018 Customs Broker Triennial Status Report and fee required of all licensed customs brokers may be submitted online via Pay.gov, at https://pay.gov/public/form/start/65766021. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. EST.
Pay.gov accepts credit card, debit card, and digital wallet (i.e. PayPal and Amazon Pay) payments. No additional fees are charged for any payments, receipts are provided electronically and all reports/fees can be made at pay.gov eliminating the need to work with each port through which a broker’s license was delivered.
Each entity holding a broker’s license must file a status report with CBP and pay a processing fee of $100 every three years, in accordance with 19 CFR § 111.30(d). Licensed customs brokers who are also permitted must include an employee list with each status report submitted to CBP in accordance with 19 CFR § 111.28(b). In addition, each individually licensed broker must state whether or not he/she still meets the applicable requirements of 19 CFR § 111.11 and 111.19 and has not engaged in any conduct that could constitute grounds for suspension or revocation under section 111.53. Broker employee lists and any additional detail can be uploaded as a PDF file attachment during the Pay.gov online process.
Individuals are considered to be “actively engaged” in transacting customs business when they are currently transacting or have recently transacted customs business on behalf of others as a sole proprietor, or when they are employed by a licensed customs broker which is currently transacting or has recently transacted customs business on behalf of others. Those who work for another broker and are not directly involved in any activities which fall under the scope of the definition of customs business may report that they are not actively engaged in customs business.
Partnerships, corporations, and associations must also report to customs in a status report whether or not they are actively engaged in customs business. An organization which currently transacts or recently transacted customs business on behalf of others should report that they are “actively engaged” in customs business.
Brokerages may report on behalf of licensed broker staff, however, only one status report/payment transaction can be processed at a time in pay.gov.
• It is recommended that brokers/brokerages create an account with pay.gov prior to submitting the Triennial report and fee. This provides for an accessible history of payment transactions.
• Before advancing to the payment information screen, select “PDF preview” at the bottom of the form and save or print the completed form for your record.
• To provide for receipts to multiple e-mail accounts, check the box indicating you would like to receive an e-mail confirmation and enter as many e-mail addresses as needed separated by a comma.
Failure to file a Triennial Status Report will result in the customs broker’s license to be revoked by operation of law, without prejudice.
CBP encourages all brokers to submit the report and fee electronically via Pay.gov; however, CBP will accept a paper status report and payment at the port that originally delivered the license.
CBP has a customs broker FAQ section, here.