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Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF)

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The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) is a U.S. Customs charge, assessed for most imports into the United States. The fee is 0.3464% of the cargo value as declared on the commercial invoice, with a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $485 per entry.

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What is the Merchandise Processing Fee?

The Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) is a fee assessed by U.S. Customs for most imports into the U.S.

How is the Merchandise Processing Fee charged?

The MPF is charged at 0.3464 % of the cargo value that was declared on the commercial invoice, with a minimum of $26.22 and a maximum of $508.70 per entry. (If the entry value is less than $2,500, MPF is a $2.10 flat rate.) The minimum and maximum amounts increased on October 1st, 2018.

MPF appears on your invoice as a Customs charge. It will not be included in your quote, since at that stage, we don't yet know the total value of your shipment; however, if you wish, you may estimate it using the calculation above.

Note: The MPF is assessed for both dutiable and duty-free products. MPF may be waived for goods qualifying for certain Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), e.g. NAFTA and CAFTA. Ask your customs broker for more information.

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