In order to benefit from preferential status under TPL, U.S. Customs & Border Protection requires that eligible shipments be finalized and presented with their offices no later than December 31, 2017. This means that the shipment must not only cross the border in 2017 but must also have a formal Customs entry consisting of original TPL certificates of eligibility from the Canadian ministry, original entry summary, and monetary payment on statement by December 29, 2017.

To ensure we meet CBP’s entry filing deadlines and secure reduced duty treatment for our clientele, Metro Customs Brokers Inc. requires all TPL eligible shipments to be released no later than Friday, December 22, 2017.

  • All shipments of textiles/wearing apparel must have fabric and yarn origins to determine if TPL or NAFTA applies.  Incorrectly claiming NAFTA when this information is missing will keep a true TPL shipment from appearing on our tracking reports and may cause loss of duty.
  • We are mandating that all entries using 2017 TPL or paying the general duty with the intent for a future refund claim must be closed and summary filed by December 29, 2017. This will help prevent any problems due to weather conditions, government early closings, courier problems, TPL printing problems, etc.
  • There is no option to use 2018 TPL for shipments that were released in 2017.


Please contact your customer service rep should you have any questions on this initiative.

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