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PART 101 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
Authority:

5 U.S.C. 301; 6 U.S.C. 101, et. seq.; 19 U.S.C. 2, 66, 1202 (General Note 3(i), Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624, 1646a.

Section 101.3 and 101.4 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1 and 58b;

Section 101.5 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1629;

Section 101.9 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1411-1414.

Source:

T.D. 77-241, 42 FR 54937, Oct. 12, 1977, unless otherwise noted.

§ 101.0 Scope.

This part sets forth general regulations governing the authority of Customs officers, and the location of Customs ports of entry, service ports and Customs stations. It further sets forth regulations concerning the entry and clearance of vessels at Customs stations and a listing of Customs preclearance offices in foreign countries. In addition, this part contains provisions concerning the hours of business of Customs offices, the Customs seal, and the identification cards issued to Customs officers and employees.

[T.D. 77-241, 42 FR 54937, Oct. 12, 1977, as amended by T.D. 99-27, 64 FR 13675, Mar. 22, 1999]

§ 101.1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated unless either the context in which they are used requires a different meaning or a different definition is prescribed for a particular part or portion thereof:

Business day. A “business day” means a weekday (Monday through Friday), excluding national holidays as specified in § 101.6(a).

CBP. The term “CBP” means U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Center director. The term “Center director” means the person who manages their designated Center and is responsible for certain trade decisions and functions concerning that Center and the importers that are processed by that Center.

Centers of Excellence and Expertise or Centers . The terms “Centers of Excellence and Expertise” or “Centers” refer to national CBP offices that are responsible for performing certain trade functions and making certain determinations as set forth in particular regulatory provisions regarding importations by importers that are considered by CBP to be in the industry sector, regardless of the ports of entry at which the importations occur. Industry sectors are categorized by the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) numbers representing an industry sector. The list of HTSUS numbers will be published in a Federal Register document and any change made to that list will be announced in a subsequent Federal Register document.

Commissioner or Commissioner of Customs. The terms “Commissioner” or “Commissioner of Customs” mean Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Customs or U.S. Customs Service. The terms “Customs” or “U.S. Customs Service” mean U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Customs regulations or CBP regulations. The terms “Customs regulations” or “CBP regulations” mean chapter 1 of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR chapter 1).

Customs station. A “Customs station” is any place, other than a port of entry, at which Customs officers or employees are stationed, under the authority contained in article IX of the President's Message of March 3, 1913 (T.D. 33249), to enter and clear vessels, accept entries of merchandise, collect duties, and enforce the various provisions of the Customs and navigation laws of the United States.

Customs territory of the United States. “Customs territory of the United States” includes only the States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Date of entry. The “date of entry” or “time of entry” of imported merchandise shall be the effective time of entry of such merchandise, as defined in § 141.68 of this chapter.

Date of exportation. “Date of exportation” or “time of exportation” shall be as defined in § 152.1(c) of this chapter.

Date of importation. “Date of importation” means, in the case of merchandise imported otherwise than by vessel, the date on which the merchandise arrives within the Customs territory of the United States. In the case of merchandise imported by vessel, “date of importation” means the date on which the vessel arrives within the limits of a port in the United States with intent then and there to unlade such merchandise.

Duties. “Duties” means Customs duties and any internal revenue taxes which attach upon importation.

Entry or withdrawal for consumption. “Entry or withdrawal for consumption” means entry for consumption or withdrawal from warehouse for consumption.

Exportation. “Exportation” means a severance of goods from the mass of things belonging to this country with the intention of uniting them to the mass of things belonging to some foreign country. The shipment of merchandise abroad with the intention of returning it to the United States with a design to circumvent provisions of restriction or limitation in the tariff laws or to secure a benefit accruing to imported merchandise is not an exportation. Merchandise of foreign origin returned from abroad under these circumstances is dutiable according to its nature, weight, and value at the time of its original arrival in this country.

Importer. “Importer” means the person primarily liable for the payment of any duties on the merchandise, or an authorized agent acting on his behalf. The importer may be:

(1) The consignee, or

(2) The importer of record, or

(3) The actual owner of the merchandise, if an actual owner's declaration and superseding bond has been filed in accordance with § 141.20 of this chapter, or

(4) The transferee of the merchandise, if the right to withdraw merchandise in a bonded warehouse has been transferred in accordance with subpart C of part 144 of this chapter.

Port and port of entry. The terms “port” and “port of entry” refer to any place designated by Executive Order of the President, by order of the Secretary of the Treasury, or by Act of Congress, at which a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officer is authorized to accept entries of merchandise to collect duties, and to enforce the various provisions of the customs and navigation laws. The terms “port” and “port of entry” incorporate the geographical area under the jurisdiction of a port director. (The customs ports in the Virgin Islands, although under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Treasury, have their own customs laws (48 U.S.C. 1406(i)). These ports, therefore, are outside the customs territory of the United States and the ports thereof are not “ports of entry” within the meaning of these regulations).

Port director . The term “port director” means the person who has jurisdiction within the geographical boundaries of their port of entry unless the regulations provide that particular trade functions or determinations are exclusively within the purview of a Center Director or other CBP personnel.

Principal field officer. A “principal field officer” is an officer in the field service whose immediate supervisor is located at Customs Service Headquarters.

Service port. The term “service port” refers to a Customs location having a full range of cargo processing functions, including inspections, entry, collections, and verification.

Shipment. “Shipment” means the merchandise described on the bill of lading or other document used to file or support entry, or in the oral declaration when applicable.

[T.D. 77-241, 42 FR 54937, Oct. 12, 1977, as amended by T.D. 84-213, 49 FR 41170, Oct. 19, 1984; 49 FR 44867, Nov. 9, 1984; T.D. 94-51, 59 FR 30294, June 13, 1994; T.D. 95-77, 60 FR 50011, Sept. 27, 1995; T.D. 99-57, 64 FR 40987, July 28, 1999; CBP Dec. 15-15, 80 FR 70162, Nov. 13, 2015; CBP Dec. 16-26, 81 FR 93016, Dec. 20, 2016]

§ 101.2 Authority of Customs officers.

(a) Supremacy of delegated authority. Action taken by any person pursuant to authority delegated to him by the Secretary of the Treasury, whether directly or by subdelegation, shall be valid despite the existence of any statute or regulation, including any provision of this chapter, which provides that such action shall be taken by some other person. Any person acting under such delegated authority shall be deemed to have complied with any statute or regulation which provides or indicates that it shall be the duty of some other person to perform such action.

(b) Consolidation of functions. Any reorganization of the Customs Service or consolidation of the functions of two or more persons into one office which results in the failure of a designated Customs officer to perform an action required by statute or regulation, shall not invalidate the performance of that action by any other Customs officer.

(c) Customs supervision. Whenever anything is required by the regulations in this chapter or by any provision of the customs or navigation laws to be done or maintained under the supervision of Customs officers, such supervision shall be carried out as prescribed in the regulations of this chapter or by instructions from the Secretary of the Treasury or the Commissioner of Customs in particular cases. In the absence of a governing regulation or instruction, supervision shall be direct and continuous or by such occasional verification as the principal Customs field officer shall direct if such officer shall determine that less intensive supervision will ensure proper enforcement of the law and protection of the revenue. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to warrant any failure to direct and furnish required supervision or to excuse any failure of a party in interest to comply with prescribed procedures for obtaining any required supervision.

[T.D. 77-241, 42 FR 54937, Oct. 12, 1977, as amended by T.D. 98-22, 63 FR 11825, Mar. 11, 1998]

§ 101.3 Customs service ports and ports of entry.

(a) Designation of Customs field organization. The Deputy Assistant Secretary (Regulatory, Tariff, and Trade Enforcement), pursuant to authority delegated by the Secretary of the Treasury, is authorized to establish, rearrange or consolidate, and to discontinue Customs ports of entry as the needs of the Customs Service may require.

(b) List of Ports of Entry and Service Ports. The following is a list of Customs Ports of Entry and Service Ports. Many of the ports listed were created by the President's message of March 3, 1913, concerning a reorganization of the Customs Service pursuant to the Act of August 24, 1912 (37 Stat. 434; 19 U.S.C. 1). Subsequent orders of the President or of the Secretary of the Treasury which affected these ports, or which created (or subsequently affected) additional ports, are cited following the name of the ports.

(1) Customs ports of entry. A list of Customs ports of entry by State and the limits of each port are set forth below:

Ports of entry Limits of port
Alabama
Birmingham
Huntsville T.D. 83-196.
Mobile Including territory described in T.D. 76-259.
Alaska
Alcan T.D. 71-210.
Anchorage T.D.s 55295 and 68-50.
Dalton Cache T.D. 79-74.
Fairbanks E.O. 8064, Mar. 9, 1939 (4 FR 1191).
Juneau
Ketchikan Including territory described in T.D. 74-100.
Kodiak T.D. 98-65.
Sitka Including territory described in T.D. 55609.
Skagway
Valdez Including territory described in T.D. 79-201.
Wrangell Including territory described in T.D. 56420.
Arizona
Douglas Including territory described in E.O. 9382, Sept. 25, 1943 (8 FR 13083).
Lukeville E.O. 10088, Dec. 3, 1949 (14 FR 7287).
Naco
Nogales Including territory described in T.D. 77-285.
Phoenix T.D. 71-103.
San Luis E.O. 5322, Apr. 9, 1930.
Sasabe E.O. 5608, Apr. 22, 1931.
Tucson Including territory described in T.D. 89-102.
Arkansas
Little Rock-North Little Rock T.D. 70-146. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
California
Andrade E.O. 4780, Dec. 13, 1927.
Calexico
Eureka
Fresno Including territory described in T.D. 74-18.
Los Angeles-Long Beach Including territory described in T.D. 78-130.
Port Hueneme T.D. 92-10.
Port San Luis T.D. 35546.
Sacramento CBP Dec. 06-23.
San Diego T.D. 85-163.
+ San Francisco-Oakland CBP Dec. 06-23.
San Jose 95-80
Tecate E.O. 4780, Dec. 13, 1927.
Colorado
Denver T.D. 80-180.
Connecticut
Bridgeport Including territory described in T.D. 68-224.
Hartford Including territory described in T.D. 68-224.
New Haven Including territory described in T.D. 68-224.
New London Including territory described in T.D. 68-224.
Delaware
Wilmington Included in the Consolidated Port of the Delaware River and Bay described in T.D. 96-4.
District of Columbia
Washington Including territory described in T.D. 68-67.
Florida
Fernandina Beach Including St. Mary's, GA; T.D. 53033.
Fort Myers T.D. 99-9
Jacksonville T.D. 69-45.
Key West Including territory described in T.D. 53994.
Miami Including territory described in T.D. 53514.
Orlando T.D. 76-306.
Orlando-Sanford Airport T.D. 97-64.
Panama City E.O. 3919, Nov. 1, 1923.
Pensacola
Port Canaveral Including territory described in T.D. 66-212.
Port Everglades E.O. 5770, Dec. 31, 1931; including territory described in T.D. 53514. Mail: Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Port Manatee T.D. 88-14.
St. Petersburg E.O. 7928, July 14, 1938 (3 FR 1749); including territory described in T.D. 53994.
Tampa Including territory described in T.D. 68-91.
West Palm Beach E.O. 4324, Oct. 15, 1925; including territory described in T.D. 53514.
Georgia
Atlanta Including territory described in T.D. 55548.
Brunswick Including territory described in T.D. 86-162.
Fernandina Beach, FL Including St. Mary's, GA; T.D. 53033.
Savannah CBP Dec. 18-03.
Hawaii
Hilo T.D. 95-11.
Honolulu Including territory described in T.D. 90-59.
Kahului T.D. 95-11.
Nawiliwili-Port Allen E.O. 4385, Feb. 25, 1926; including territory described in T.D. 56424.
Idaho
Boise Pub.L. 98-573; T.D. 85-22.
Eastport
Porthill
Illinois
+ Chicago Including territory described in CBP Dec. 04-24.
Davenport, IA-Moline and Rock Island, IL T.D.s 86-76 and 89-10.
Peoria Including territory described in T.D.72-130.
Rockford CBP Dec. 05-38.
Indiana
Cincinnati, OH-Lawrenceburg, IN Consolidated port, T.D. 84-91.
Indianapolis CBP Dec. 13-13.
Owensboro, KY-Evansville, IN Consolidated port, T.D. 84-91.
Iowa
Davenport,IA-Moline and Rock Island, IL T.D.s 86-76 and 89-10.
Des Moines T.D. 75-104.
Kansas
Wichita T.D. 74-93.
Kentucky
Louisville Including territory described in T.D. 77-232.
Owensboro, KY-Evansville, IN Consolidated port, T.D. 84-91.
Louisiana
Baton Rouge E.O. 5993, Jan. 13, 1933; including territory described in T.D.s 53514 and 54381. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Gramercy T.D. 82-93.
Lake Charles E.O. 5475, Nov. 3, 1930; including territory described in T.D. 54137.
Morgan City T.D. 54682; including territory described in T.D.s 66-266 and 94-77. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
New Orleans E.O. 5130, May 29, 1929; including territory described in T.D. 74-206. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Shreveport-Bossier City Including territory described in T.D. 86-145.
Maine
Bangor Including Brewer, ME, E.O. 9297, Feb. 1, 1943 (8 FR 1479).
Bar Harbor Including Mount Desert Island, the city of Ellsworth, and the townships of Hancock, Sullivan, Sorrento, Gouldsboro, and Winter Harbor and Trenton, E.O. 4572, Jan. 27, 1927, and T.D. 78-130.
Bath Including Booth Bay and Wiscasset, E.O. 4356, Dec. 15, 1925.
Belfast Including Searsport, E.O. 6754, June 28, 1934.
Bridgewater E.O. 8079, Apr. 4, 1939 (4 FR 1475).
Calais Including townships of Calais, Robbinston, and Baring, E.O. 6284, Sept. 13, 1933.
Eastport Including Lubec and Cutler, E.O. 4296, Aug. 26, 1925.
Fort Fairfield
Fort Kent
Houlton E.O. 4156, Feb. 14, 1925.
Jackman Including townships of Jackman, Sandy Bay, Bald Mountain, Holeb, Attean, Lowelltown, Dennistown, and Moose River, T.D. 54683.
Jonesport Including towns (townships) of Beals, Jonesboro, Roque Bluffs, and Machiasport, E.O. 4296, Aug. 26, 1925; E.O. 8695, Feb. 25, 1941 (6 FR 1187).
Limestone
Madawaska
Portland Including territory described in CBP Dec. 03-08.
Portsmouth, N.H Including Kittery, ME.
Rockland
Van Buren
Vanceboro
Maryland
Annapolis
Baltimore Including territory described in T.D. 68-123.
Cambridge E.O. 3888, Aug. 13, 1923; Crisfield.
Massachusetts
Boston Including territory and waters adjacent thereto described in T.D. 56493.
Fall River Including territory described in T.D. 54476.
Gloucester
Lawrence E.O. 5444, Sept. 16, 1930; E.O. 10088, Dec. 3, 1949 (14 FR 7287); including territory described in T.D. 71-12.
New Bedford
Plymouth
Salem Including Beverly, Marblehead, and Lynn; including Peabody, E.O. 9207, July 29, 1942 (7 FR 5931).
Springfield T.D. 69-189.
Worcester
Michigan
Battle Creek T.D. 72-233.
Detroit Including territory described in E.O. 9073, Feb. 25, 1942 (7 FR 1588), and T.D. 53738.
Grand Rapids T.D. 77-4.
Marinette, WI Including Menominee, MI.
Muskegon E.O. 8315, Dec. 22, 1939 (4 FR 4941); including territory described in T.D. 56230.
Port Huron Including territory described in T.D. 87-117.
Saginaw-Bay City-Flint Consolidated port, T.D. 79-74; including territory described in T.D. 82-9.
Sault Ste. Marie Including territory described in T.D. 79-74.
Minnesota
Baudette E.O. 4422, Apr. 19, 1926.
Duluth, MN and Superior, WI Including territory described in T.D. 55904.
Grand Portage T.D. 56073.
International Falls-Ranier Including territory described in T.D. 66-246.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Including territory described in T.D. 69-15.
Pinecreek E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Roseau E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Warroad
Mississippi
Greenville T.D. 73-325. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Gulfport
Pascagoula Including territory described in T.D. 86-68.
Vicksburg T.D. 72-123; including territory described in T.D. 93-32. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Missouri
Kansas City Including Kansas City, KS and North Kansas City, MO, E.O. 8528, Aug. 27, 1940 (5 FR 3403); including territory described in T.D. 67-56.
Spirit of St. Louis Airport Including territory described in T.D. 97-7.
Springfield Including all territory within Greene and Christian Counties, T.D. 84-84.
St. Joseph
St. Louis CBP Dec. 09-16.
Montana
Butte T.D. 73-121.
Del Bonita E.O. 7947, Aug. 9, 1938 (3 FR 1965); Mail: Cut Bank, MT.
Great Falls
Morgan E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245); Mail: Loring, MT.
Opheim E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Piegan E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245); Mail: Babb, MT.
Raymond E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Roosville E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245); Mail: Eureka, MT.
Scobey E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Sweetgrass
Turner E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Whitlash E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Nebraska
Omaha Including territory described in T.D. 73-228.
Nevada
Las Vegas Including territory described in T.D. 79-74.
Reno Including territory described in T.D. 73-56.
New Hampshire
Portsmouth Including Kittery, ME.
New Jersey
Camden, Gloucester City, and Salem Included in the Consolidated Port of the Delaware River and Bay described in T.D. 96-4.
Perth Amboy
New Mexico
Albuquerque Including territory described in T.D. 74-304.
Columbus
Santa Teresa T.D. 94-34.
New York
Albany
Alexandria Bay Including territory described in E.O. 10042, Mar. 10, 1949 (14 FR 1155).
Buffalo-Niagara Falls T.D. 56512.
Cape Vincent
Champlain-Rouses Point Including territory described in T.D. 67-68.
Clayton
Massena T.D. 54834.
+ New York Including territory described in E.O. 4205, Apr. 15, 1925 (T.D. 40809).
Ogdensburg
Oswego
Rochester
Sodus Point
Syracuse
Trout River Consolidated port includes Chateaugay and Fort Covington, T.D. 83-253.
Utica
North Carolina
Beaufort-Morehead City Including territory described in T.D. 87-76.
Charlotte T.D. 56079.
Durham E.O. 4876, May 3, 1928; including territory described in E.O. 9433, Apr. 4, 1944 (9 FR 3761), and T.D. 82-9.
Reidsville E.O. 5159, July 18, 1929; including territory described in E.O. 9433, Apr. 6, 1944 (9 FR 3761).
Wilmington Including townships of Northwest, Wilmington, and Cape Fear, E.O. 7761, Dec. 3, 1937 (2 FR 2679); including territory described in E.O. 10042, Mar. 10, 1949 (14 FR 1155).
Winston-Salem Including territory described in T.D. 87-64.
North Dakota
Ambrose E.O. 5835, April 13, 1932.
Antler
Carbury E.O. 5137, June 17, 1929.
Dunseith E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Fargo CBP Dec. 03-09.
Fortuna E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Hannah
Hansboro
Maida E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Neche
Noonan E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Northgate T.D. 37386, T.D. 37439
Pembina CBP Dec. 06-15.
Portal
Sarles
Sherwood
St. John E.O. 5835, Apr. 13, 1932.
Walhalla
Westhope E.O. 4236, June 1, 1925.
Ohio
Ashtabula/Conneaut Consolidated port, T.D. 77-232.
Cincinnati, OH-Lawrenceburg, IN Consolidated port, T.D. 84-91.
Cleveland Including territory described in T.D. 77-232; consolidated port, T.D. 87-123.
Columbus CBP Dec. 09-35.
Dayton CBP Dec. 09-19.
Toledo-Sandusky Consolidated port, T.D. 84-89.
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Including territory described in T.D. 66-132.
Tulsa T.D. 69-142.
Oregon
Astoria Including territory described in T.D. 73-338.
Coos Bay E.O. 4094, Oct. 28, 1924; E.O. 5193, Sept. 14, 1929; E.O. 5445, Sept. 16, 1930; E.O. 9533, Mar. 23, 1945 (10 FR 3173).
Newport
Portland
Pennsylvania
Chester Included in the Consolidated Port of the Delaware River and Bay described in T.D. 96-4.
Erie Including territory described in T.D. 77-5.
Harrisburg T.D. 71-233.
Lehigh Valley T.D. 93-75.
Philadelphia Included in the Consolidated Port of the Delaware River and Bay described in T.D. 96-4.
Pittsburgh Including territory described in T.D. 67-197.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton T.D. 75-64.
Puerto Rico
Aguadilla T.D. 22305.
Fajardo
Guanica
Humacao Including territory described in T.D. 70-157.
Jobos E.O. 9162, May 13, 1942 (7 FR 3569).
Mayaguez T.D. 22305.
Ponce Including territory described in T.D. 54017.
San Juan Including territory described in T.D. 54017.
Rhode Island
Newport
Providence Including territory described in T.D. 67-3.
South Carolina
Charleston Including territory described in T.D. 76-142.
Columbia Including all territory in Richland and Lexington Counties, T.D. 82-239.
Georgetown
Greenville-Spartanburg T.D. 70-148.
South Dakota
Sioux Falls T.D. 96-3.
Tennessee
Chattanooga (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Knoxville T.D. 75-128. (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Memphis CBP Dec. 04-22.
Nashville (Restated in T.D. 84-126).
Tri-Cities, TN/VA CBP Dec. 06-14.
Texas
Amarillo T.D. 75-129.
Austin T.D. 81-170.
Beaumont, Orange, Port Arthur, Sabine Consolidated port, T.D. 74-231; including territory described in T.D. 81-160.
Brownsville Including territory described in T.D. 79-254.
Corpus Christi E.O. 8288, Nov. 22, 1939 (4 FR 4691), and territory described in T.D. 78-130.
Dallas-Fort Worth T.D. 73-297; T.D. 79-232; T.D. 81-170.
Del Rio
Eagle Pass Including territory described in T.D. 91-93.
El Paso T.D. 54407, including territory described in T.D. 78-221.
Fabens E.O. 4869, May 1, 1928.
Freeport E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Hidalgo T.D. 85-164.
+ Houston-Galveston Consolidated port includes territory lying within corporate limits of both Houston and Galveston, and remaining territory in Harris and Galveston Counties, T.D.s 81-160 and 82-15.
Laredo Including territory described in T.D. 90-69.
Lubbock T.D. 76-79.
Port Lavaca-Point Comfort T.D. 56115.
Presidio E.O. 2702, Sept. 7, 1917.
Progreso T.D. 85-164.
Rio Grande City Including territory described in T.D. 92-43.
Roma E.O. 4830, Mar. 14, 1928.
San Antonio
Utah
Salt Lake City T.D. 69-76.
Vermont
Beecher Falls
Burlington Including town of South Burlington, T.D. 54677.
Derby Line
Highgate Springs/Alburg E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245); includes territory described in T.D. 77-165.
Norton T.D. 73-249.
Richford
St. Albans Including township of St. Albans, E.O. 3925, Nov. 13, 1923; E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245); T.D. 77-165.
Virginia
Alexandria, VA T.D. 68-67.
Front Royal T.D. 89-63.
New River Valley CBP Dec. 06-10.
Norfolk-Newport News Consolidated port includes waters and shores of Hampton Roads.
Richmond-Petersburg Consolidated port, T.D. 68-179.
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Christiansted, St. Croix
Coral Bay, St. John
Cruz Bay, St. John
Frederiksted, St. Croix
Washington
Aberdeen Including territory described in T.D.s 56229, 79-169, and 84-90.
Blaine E.O. 5835, Apr. 13, 1932.
Boundary T.D. 67-65.
Danville
Ferry
Frontier T.D. 67-65.
Laurier
Longview Including territory described in T.D. 73-338.
Lynden E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Metaline Falls E.O. 7632, June 15, 1937 (2 FR 1245).
Nighthawk T.D. 39882
Oroville E.O. 5206, Oct. 11, 1929.
Point Roberts T.D. 78-272.
Puget Sound Consolidated port includes Seattle, Anacortes, Bellingham, Everett, Friday Harbor, Neah Bay, Olympia, Port Angeles, Port Towsend, and Tacoma, T.D. 00-35.
Spokane
Sumas
West Virginia
Charleston T.D. 73-170 and including territory described in T.D. 73-212.
Wisconsin
Ashland
Duluth, MN and Superior, WI Including territory described in T.D. 55904.
Green Bay CBP Dec. 13-2.
Manitowoc
Marinette Including Menominee, MI.
Milwaukee Including territory described in T.D. 72-105.
Racine Including city of Kenosha and townships of Mount Pleasant and Somers, T.D. 54884.
Sheboygan

(2) Customs service ports. A list of Customs service ports and the States in which they are located is set forth below:

State Service ports
Alabama Mobile.
Alaska Anchorage.
Arizona Nogales.
California Los Angeles.
LAX.
San Diego.
San Francisco.
Colorado Denver.
Florida Miami.
Tampa.
Georgia Savannah.
Hawaii Honolulu.
Illinois Chicago.
Louisiana New Orleans.
Maine Portland.
Maryland Baltimore.
Massachusetts Boston.
Michigan Detroit.
Minnesota Duluth.
Minneapolis.
Missouri St. Louis.
Montana Great Falls.
New Jersey New York/Newark.
New York Buffalo.
Champlain.
JFK.
New York/Newark.
North Carolina Charlotte.
North Dakota Pembina.
Ohio Cleveland.
Oregon Portland.
Pennsylvania Philadelphia.
Puerto Rico San Juan.
Rhode Island Providence.
South Carolina Charleston.
Texas Dallas.
El Paso.
Houston.
Laredo.
Vermont St. Albans.
Virginia Dulles.
Norfolk.
Virgin Islands Charlotte Amalie.
Washington Blaine.
Seattle.
Wisconsin Milwaukee.

[T.D. 95-77, 60 FR 50011, Sept. 27, 1995]

§ 101.4 Entry and clearance of vessels at Customs stations.

(a) Entry at Customs station. A vessel shall not be entered or cleared at a Customs station, or any other place that is not a port of entry, unless entry or clearance is authorized by the director of the port under whose jurisdiction the station or place falls pursuant to the provisions of section 447, Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1447).

(b) Authorization to enter. Authorization to enter or be cleared at a Customs station shall be granted by the director of the port under whose jurisdiction the station or place falls provided the port director is notified in advance of the arrival of the vessel concerned and the following conditions are met:

(1) Such Customs supervision as may be necessary can be provided.

(2) All applicable Customs and navigation laws and regulations are complied with.

(3) The owner, master or agent of a vessel sought to be entered at a Customs station reimburses the Government for the salary and expenses of the Customs officer or employee stationed at or sent to such Customs station or other place which is not a port of entry for services rendered in connection with the entry or clearance of such vessel, and

(4) Except as otherwise provided by these regulations, the Government is reimbursed by the interested parties for the expenses, including any per diem allowed in lieu of subsistence, but not the salary of a Customs officer or employee for services rendered in connection with the entry or delivery of merchandise.

(c) Customs stations designated. The Customs stations and the ports of entry having supervision thereof are listed below:

Customs station Supervisory port of entry
Alaska
Barrow Fairbanks.
Dutch Harbor Anchorage.
Eagle Alcan.
Fort Yukon Fairbanks.
Haines Dalton Cache.
Hyder Ketchikan.
Kaktovik (Barter Island) Fairbanks.
Kenai (Nikiski) Anchorage.
Northway Alcan.
Pelican Juneau.
Petersburg Wrangell.
California
Campo Tecate.
Otay Mesa San Diego.
San Ysidro San Diego.
Colorado
Colorado Springs Denver.
Delaware
Lewes Philadelphia, PA.
Florida
Fort Pierce West Palm Beach.
Green Cove Springs Jacksonville.
Port St. Joe Panama City.
Indiana
Fort Wayne Indianapolis.
Maine
Bucksport Belfast.
Coburn Gore Jackman.
Daaquam Jackman.
Easton Fort Fairfield.
Estcourt Fort Kent.
Forest City Houlton.
Hamlin Van Buren.
Maryland
Salisbury Baltimore.
Massachusetts
Provincetown Plymouth.
Michigan
Alpena Saginaw-Bay City-Flint.
Detour Sault Ste. Marie.
Escanaba Sault Ste. Marie.
Grand Haven Muskegon.
Houghton Sault Ste. Marie.
Marquette Sault Ste. Marie.
Rogers City Saginaw-Bay City-Flint.
Minnesota
Crane Lake Duluth, MN-Superior, WI.
Ely Duluth, MN-Superior, WI.
Lancaster Noyes.
Oak Island Warroad.
Mississippi
Biloxi Mobile, AL.
Montana
Wild Horse Great Falls.
Willow Creek Great Falls.
New Jersey
Atlantic City Philadelphia-Chester, PA and Wilmington, DE.
Port Norris Philadelphia-Chester, PA and Wilmington, DE.
Tuckerton Philadelphia-Chester, PA and Wilmington, DE, PA.
New York
Cannons Corners Champlain-Rouses Point.
Churubusco Trout River.
New Hampshire
Pittsburg Beecher Falls, VT.
Monticello Houlton, ME.
Orient Houlton, ME.
Ste. Aurelie Jackman, ME.
St. Pamphile Jackman, ME.
New Mexico
Antelope Wells (Mail: Hachita, NM) Columbus, NM.
North Dakota
Grand Forks Pembina.
Minot Pembina.
Ohio
Akron Cleveland.
Fairport Harbor Ashtabula/Conneaut.
Lorain Sandusky.
Marblehead-Lakeside Sandusky.
Put-in-Bay Sandusky.
Oklahoma
Muskogee Tulsa.
Texas
Amistad Dam Del Rio.
Boquillas Presidio.
Falcon Dam Roma.
Fort Hancock Fabens.
Los Ebanos Rio Grande City.
Marathon El Paso.
Vermont
Beebe Plaine Derby Line.
Canaan Beecher Falls.
East Richford Richford.
Newport Derby Line.
North Troy Derby Line.
West Berkshire Richford.

(d) Temporary Customs stations. Customs stations may be designated for a temporary time only, to provide Customs facilities where needed because of certain large-scale operations. Because these designations change from time to time they are not listed. However, current information as to the existence of such stations may be obtained from the local port director.

[T.D. 77-241, 42 FR 54937, Oct. 12, 1977]

§ 101.5 CBP preclearance offices in foreign countries.

Listed below are the preclearance offices in foreign countries where CBP Officers are located. A Director, Preclearance, located in the Office of Field Operations at CBP Headquarters, is the responsible CBP Officer exercising supervisory control over all preclearance offices.

Country CBP office
Aruba Oranjestad.
The Bahamas Freeport.
Nassau.
Bermuda Kindley Field.
Canada Calgary, Alberta.
Edmonton, Alberta.
Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Montreal, Quebec.
Ottawa, Ontario.
Toronto, Ontario.
Vancouver, British Columbia.
Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Ireland Dublin.
Shannon.
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi.

[CBP Dec. 14-09, 79 FR 46349, Aug. 8, 2014]

§ 101.6 Hours of business.

Except as specified in paragraphs (a) through (g) of this section, each CBP office shall be open for the transactions of general CBP business between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all days of the year:

(a) Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. In addition to Saturdays, Sundays, and any other calendar day designated as a holiday by Federal statute or Executive Order, CBP offices shall be closed on the following national holidays:

(1) The first day of January.

(2) The third Monday of January.

(3) The third Monday of February.

(4) The last Monday of May.

(5) The fourth day of July.

(6) The first Monday of September.

(7) The second Monday of October.

(8) The eleventh day of November.

(9) The fourth Thursday of November.

(10) The twenty-fifth day of December.

If a holiday falls on Saturday, the day immediately preceding such Saturday will be observed. If a holiday falls on Sunday, the day immediately following such Sunday will be observed. (5 U.S.C. 6103(b)(1)); (E.O. No. 11582, Jan. 1, 1971; 34 FR 2957; 3 CFR Ch. 11)

(b) Local conditions requiring different hours. If, because of local conditions, different but equivalent hours are required to maintain adequate service, such hours shall be observed provided the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection approves them and provided further that a notice of business hours is prominently displayed at the principal entrance and in each public room of the CBP office.

(c) Fixing of hours. At each port or station where there is no full-time CBP employee, the port director shall fix the hours during which the CBP office will be open for the transaction of general CBP business. Notice of such hours shall be prominently displayed at the principal entrance of the office.

(d) State and local holidays. Each CBP office shall be open for the transaction of business on all State and local holidays occurring on days other than Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays listed in paragraph (a) of this section. The appropriate principal field officer may excuse any employee(s) without charge to leave when a state or local holiday interferes with the performance of his work in a CBP office.

(e) Services performed outside a CBP office. CBP services required to be performed outside a CBP office shall be furnished between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (or between the corresponding hours at ports where different but equivalent hours are required for the maintenance of adequate service) on all days when the CBP office is open for the transaction of general CBP business.

(f) CBP services not within prescribed hours. Where there is a regularly recurring need for CBP services outside the hours prescribed in paragraphs (a) through (e) of this section and the volume and duration of the required services are uniformly such as to require, of themselves or in immediately consecutive combination with other essential CBP activities of the port, the full time of one or more CBP employees, the necessary number of regular tours of duty to furnish such services on all days of the year except Sundays and national holidays may be established with the approval of the Commissioner of CBP.

(g) CBP services furnished private interests. Other than as specified in this section. CBP services shall be furnished private interests only in accordance with the provisions of § 24.16 of this chapter.

[T.D. 77-241, 42 FR 54937, Oct. 12, 1977, as amended by T.D. 82-145, 47 FR 35478, Aug. 16, 1982; T.D. 95-77, 60 FR 50019, Sept. 27, 1995; CBP Dec. 08-25, 73 FR 40726, July 16, 2008]

§ 101.7 Customs seal.

(a) Design. According to the design furnished by the Department of the Treasury, the Customs seal of the United States shall consist of the seal of the Department of the Treasury surrounded by an outer circle in which appear the words “Treasury” at the top and “U.S. Customs Service” at the bottom.

(b) Use of the Customs seal. The Customs seal currently in official use, including the dies, rolls, plates, and like devices now in the possession of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, shall continue to be equally effective as the official seal of the United States Customs Service and shall continue to be so used by each Customs officer and employee having possession of the seal until that particular device requires replacing and is replaced. Use of the United States Customs seal shall be restricted in the following manner:

(1) The Customs seal of the United States shall be impressed upon all official documents requiring the impress of a seal. It shall be impressed upon all marine documents and landing certificates, certificates of weight, gauge, or measure, and similar classes of documents for outside interests.

(2) The impress of the seal is not necessary on documents passing within the Customs Service nor shall the seal be used in the manner of a notary seal to indicate authority to administer oaths.

§ 101.8 Identification cards.

Each Customs employee shall be issued an appropriate identification card with that employee's photograph and signature, signed by the appropriate issuing officer.

§ 101.9 Test programs or procedures; alternate requirements.

(a) General testing. For purposes of conducting a test program or procedure designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new technology or operational procedures regarding the processing of passengers, vessels, or merchandise, the Commissioner of CBP may impose requirements different from those specified in the CBP Regulations, but only to the extent that such different requirements do not affect the collection of the revenue, public health, safety, or law enforcement. The imposition of any such different requirements will be subject to the following conditions:

(1) Defined purpose. The test is limited in scope, time, and application to such relief as may be necessary to facilitate the conduct of a specified program or procedure;

(2) Prior publication requirement. Whenever a particular test allows for deviation from any regulatory requirements, notice will be published in the Federal Register not less than thirty days prior to implementing such test, followed by publication in the Customs Bulletin. The notice will invite public comments concerning the methodology of the test program or procedure, and inform interested members of the public of the eligibility criteria for voluntary participation in the test and the basis for selecting participants.

(b) NCAP testing. For purposes of conducting an approved test program or procedure designed to evaluate planned components of the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP), as described in section 411(a)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1411), the Commissioner of CBP may impose requirements different from those specified in the CBP Regulations, but only to the extent that such different requirements do not affect the collection of the revenue, public health, safety, or law enforcement. In addition to the requirement of paragraph (a)(1) of this section, the imposition of any such different requirements will be subject to the following conditions:

(1) Prior publication requirement. For tests affecting the NCAP, notice will be published in the Federal Register not less than thirty days prior to implementing such test, followed by publication in the Customs Bulletin. The notice will invite public comments concerning any aspect of the test program or procedure, and inform interested members of the public of the eligibility criteria for voluntary participation in the test and the basis for selecting participants; and,

(2) Post publication requirement. Within a reasonable time period following the completion of the test, a complete description of the results will be published in both the Federal Register and the Customs Bulletin.

[T.D. 95-21, 60 FR 14214, Mar. 16, 1995, as amended by CBP Dec. 12-21, 77 FR 73309, Dec. 10, 2012]

§ 101.10 Centers of Excellence and Expertise.

(a) Center Management Offices . The Centers of Excellence and Expertise (Centers) (see definition in § 101.1) are managed out of the following locations:

Centers of Excellence and Expertise
(Centers)
Management offices
Agriculture & Prepared Products Miami, Florida.
Apparel, Footwear & Textiles San Francisco, California.
Automotive & Aerospace Detroit, Michigan.
Base Metals Chicago, Illinois.
Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising Atlanta, Georgia.
Electronics Long Beach, California.
Industrial & Manufacturing Materials Buffalo, New York.
Machinery Laredo, Texas.
Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals Houston, Texas.
Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals New York, New York.

(b) Assignment of importers to the Centers . Generally, each importer will be assigned to an industry-category administered by a specific Center based on the tariff classification in the HTSUS of the predominant number of goods imported. The list of HTSUS numbers that will be used by CBP for the importer's placement in a Center is the same list of HTSUS numbers that are referenced in the definition for Centers (see § 101.1). Factors that may cause CBP to place an importer in a Center not based on the tariff classification of the predominant number of goods imported include the importer's associated business practices within an industry, the intended use of the predominant number of goods imported, or the high relative value of goods imported.

(c) Appeal of Center assignment. An importer may appeal the Center assignment at any time by submitting a written appeal, with a subject line identifier reading “Appeal Regarding Center Assignment”, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Executive Director, Cargo and Conveyance Security (CCS), 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Suite 2.3D, Washington, DC 20229-1015 or by email to . Appeals must include the following information:

(1) Current Center assignment;

(2) Preferred Center assignment;

(3) All affected Importer of Record (IOR) numbers and associated bond numbers;

(4) Written justification for the change in Center assignments; and

(5) Import data:

(i) For new importers. Projected importations at the four (4) digit HTSUS heading level during the current year; or

(ii) For importers with less than one year of prior import history. Projected importations and prior import data with entry summary lines and value at the four (4) digit HTSUS heading level; or

(iii) For importers with more than one year of prior import history. One year of prior import data with entry summary lines and value at the four (4) digit HTSUS heading level.

[CBP Dec. 16-26, 81 FR 93016, Dec. 20, 2016]