CBMA 2023 Updates

Posted 01/17/2023

Customs Entry Error Messages:

We are hearing from many customs brokers and self-filers that they are receiving error or warning messages pertaining to data supplied for CBMA eligible customs entries. The most common is a message noting PRODUCER ID UNKN; TTB CBMA CLAIM MAY FAIL. Both TTB and CBP are aware of this issue and are working on a resolution in the system. We do not expect this to create issues on CBMA claims, but we are monitoring the situation and will send an update when we have more information.

TTB’s newsletter this week highlighted some very important information regarding CBMA. Below are the highlights from the newsletter:

  1. Incorrect or Incomplete Data Submitted in ACE May Delay CBMA Importer Claims – It is important to ensure that the data elements submitted electronically through ACE, via your broker, are submitted accurately as incorrect data may cause a delay in the claim processing. If data is input incorrectly it is important to have your broker update via ACE in order to streamline TTB’s processing of CBMA import refund claims. If you are unable to make corrections via ACE, “the importer’s claim will be handled through a manual data upload process that could extend the time it takes to obtain the tax refund.” We are still waiting for TTB to release details on the manual data upload but believe this process will be further clarified once the guidelines for the importer portal are published. TTB states that importers should pay particular attention to ensuring the Importer Permit Number, Foreign Producer ID and Import Date are accurate when entries are submitted.
  2. Webinar – Walk-through of Foreign Producers Registration System – TTB will be hosting a step-by-step overview of the foreign producer registration and assignment process. The webinars will be held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11 am ET and Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 3 pm ET. We encourage importers and producers to attend. Registration links are below:

Register here for the January 24 webinar.

Register here for the January 26 webinar.

As always, WSSA is here to help with all of your CBMA needs. To find out more how we can help please reach out to info@wssa.com.