MPF Minimum and Maximum Increase on October 1, 2019

Due to inflation, effective October 1, 2019, the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) will increase from a minimum of $26.22 and a maximum of $508.76 to

a minimum of $26.79 and maximum of $519.76.

MPF increase

What is MPF?

The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) for formal U.S. Customs entries is an ad valorem fee of 0.3464% of the commercial value of goods.  The fee is based on the value of the merchandise being imported, not including duty, freight, and insurance charges.  Formal entries are required for imports of commercial goods valued at $2,500 or more.

Informal entries generally, do not require a CBP bond and are usually for personal use imports or commercial imports valued less than $2,500 (only if the Port Director requests based on importation).

View announcement in Federal Register.


On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act, Pub. L. 114-94) was signed into law. Section 32201 of the FAST Act amended section 13031 of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) of 1985 (19 U.S.C. 58c) by requiring certain customs COBRA user fees and corresponding limitations to be adjusted by the Secretary of the Treasury (Secretary) to reflect certain increases in inflation.


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