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Customs Rescinds Proposal to Extend Payment of Duties in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic; Requires Payment of Deferred Duties Not Granted Extension

US Customs and Border Protection (“Customs”) rescinded its proposal to grant extensions on all customs duty payments for 90 days in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  While Customs has conducted a limited case-by-case review of some requests for extensions of duty payments, Customs notified the trade community it was no longer accepting case-by-case requests for deferrals, and any extensions not granted would no longer be considered.  Any importer that deferred payments that should have been tendered between March 20 and 26, 2020 based on CSMS message 42097586 must initiate payment by March 27, 2020.  The US trade community continues to engage with Customs to address challenges faced by the importing community as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic and to ask for a 90-day reprieve in duty payments. We will keep you posted regarding any new developments from CBP.