The Mess that is MPF

To cut to the case, the President signed the Korea-FTA legislation last. As a result, the MPF changes in that bill will control. That means that Merchandise Processing Fee will increase to .3464% retroactively to October 1, so expect a bill from Customs and Border Protection.

For now, the system will not accept payments at the higher rate. Customs is expected to provide about a week’s notice before the program is done to implement the increase. Note that the change in rate does not affect the $25 minimum or the $485 maximum. Thus, large commercial shippers, who are likely to have the cap apply to most shipments, will see no real change in their total landed cost. On the other hand, small shippers will likely absorb the increase in MPF collected. That seems like something else to anger the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

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