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CBP reminder of approaching end of postponed deadlines for customs duties, fees (COVID-19)

CBP reminder of approaching end of postponed deadlines

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today issued a release as a reminder of approaching end of the extended 90-day postponement for estimated customs duties, taxes, and fees—deadlines that were postponed as relief in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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Read CSMS #42234033 (July 10 2020)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Treasury Department in April 2020 postponed for 90 calendar days, the deadline for payment for the deposit of certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees for importers experiencing a significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This temporary postponement applied to formal entries of merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption (including entries for consumption from a Foreign Trade Zone) in March and April 2020.  

  • No interest will accrue for the postponed deposit of such estimated duties, taxes, and fees during this 90-day postponement period.  
  • Deposits made after the new due date may be subject to interest. 
  • No penalty, liquidated damages or other sanction will be imposed for the postponed deposit of estimated duties, taxes, and fees in accordance with this temporary postponement, if paid by the new due dates.

To determine the amount of estimated duties, taxes, and fees owed, the date used for calculation remains the date that would have otherwise applied in the absence of the 90-day postponement period.

The temporary postponement did not apply to any informal entry, or any formal entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, where the entry summary included merchandise subject to one or more of the following:

  • Antidumping duties (AD)
  • Countervailing duties (CVD)
  • Duties assessed pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962
  • Duties assessed pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974
  • Duties assessed pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974

Importers that did not make timely payment of entries that were excluded from the temporary postponement will be subject to liquidated damages with interest.

Certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees paid on single pay basis or daily statement may have been postponed up to 90 days from the payment due date.


Original Due Date

90-day postponement

April 30, 2020

July 29, 2020


Estimated tax paid via the deferred excise tax program (that allows for deferred payment of estimated excise taxes on imported beer, wine, and distilled spirits to CBP on a bi-weekly basis) may have been postponed up to three months from the payment due date.  


Original due date

Three-month postponement

April 29, 2020

July 29, 2020

May 14, 2020

August 14, 2020

Certain estimated duties and fees paid via periodic monthly statement may have been postponed up to three months, as defined by the 15th working day of the third month. 


Original due date

Three-month postponement

April 21, 2020

July 22, 2020

May 21, 2020

August 21, 2020

If an entry summary is removed from a periodic monthly statement and placed on a daily statement, the payment due date will be calculated from the date the daily statement payment would have been due.


  • Date of entry: April 2, 2020
  • Date of entry summary: April 16, 2020
  • Original Due Date on scheduled periodic monthly statement: May 21, 2020
  • Three-month postponement: August 21, 2020
  • Removed from August 2020 periodic monthly statement and placed on daily statement
  • Payment due date, pursuant to 90-day postponement: July 16, 2020

For more information on this topic or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:

Doug Zuvich
Partner and Global Practice Leader
T: 312-665-1022

John L. McLoughlin
Principal and East Coast Leader
T: 267-256-2614

Andy Siciliano
Partner and National Practice Leader
T: 631-425-6057

Steve Brotherton
Principal and Global Export and Sanctions Leader
T: 415-963-7861

Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
T: 212-954-3094

Irina Vaysfeld
T: 212-872-2973

Amie Ahanchian
T: 202-533-3247

Christopher Young
T: 312-665-3229

Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
T: 305-913-2779

George Zaharatos
T: 404-222-3292

Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
T: 313-230-3080

Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533

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