A Section 321 is a U.S. Shipment Type for goods to clear through U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It is a type of entry that allows for the release at the border of shipments valued at 800 U.S. dollars or less.
To qualify for Section 321 release a shipment must not exceed 800 U.S. dollars in value and must not be one of several lots covered by a single order or contract, the value of which would exceed $800. CBP may also refuse to release a shipment as Section 321 when taking into account risk considerations that may vary for different classes or kinds of merchandise.
As of January 1, 2019 highway carriers entering the U.S. with Section 321 shipments are required to file an ACE eManifest for that truck.
Video: How to process a Section 321 in BorderConnect
To report a Section 321 the carrier will need to create an ACE Shipment with the Shipment Type Section 321 and ensure that the shipment is transmitted on their ACE eManifest. The example below shows how to report Section 321 shipments using BorderConnect's ACE eManifest software.
Although a Section 321 shipment is different from a PAPS shipment, the carrier will still need to provide a unique Shipment Control Number, as well as all other information normally required for an ACE Shipment including Shipper, Consignee and Commodity information. Additionally, the carrier will need to enter the Value and Country of Origin of the goods as part of the ACE Shipment.
Video: How to upload shipments into BorderConnect
The BorderConnect CSV upload feature is a popular way to complete an ACE eManifest for Section 321 shipments, the BorderConnect CSV upload feature is designed for users who have a significant number of shipments on a single trip and have a way to generate data files for those shipments.
Before uploading your .csv file, you will need to download the .csv template file that BorderConnect provides. The headers in this file must remain intact and un-modified as they are required for the upload to be successful. When saving your file, you will need to make sure that it is saved in CSV format, even if you are using a spreadsheet program to edit the file. Only CSV file format can be used for this feature.
ACE Manifest lead sheets can be generated from within BorderConnect, either from the manifest or as a set ahead of time. The carrier can also design and produce their own lead sheets.
Download BorderConnect CSV Template: Click here to download
Once you have the CSV file populated with data in the correct format and your company has enabled the ACE shipment import buttons, you can then import the shipments. To import the CSV file you must first start a new ACE Manifest or edit an existing ACE Manifest. Then, click the button Choose File to navigate locally and select the .csv file you would like to upload. Once the file is selected, click 'Save' on the top left.
You will be brought to the ACE Manifest details page where a notice will let you know if the upload was successful, and/or if any errors in the import were found. Next to the import button you will see that this button is for JSON files, but CSV files will also be accepted.
Information contained in this page is generated from the BorderConnect Support Wiki
The following shipment types are used for goods entering United States via highway carrier:
PAPS - default shipment type for commercial goods entering the U.S., allows pre-clearance of goods.
In-Bond - allows for inland movement of goods that are not considered 'released' by CBP.
Section 321 - allows for import of goods valued under 800 USD.
IIT - used for empty racks and containers that cross the border in international transportation.
ATA Carnet - type of temporary import.
BRASS - type of pre-clearance, can only be used by FAST-approved drivers. (phasing out)
Personal Shipment - used when non-commercial goods are transported by highway carriers.
Free of Duty - used for duty free merchandise not exceeding 2000 USD in value.
Returned American Products - type of informal entry that allows for the release of shipments of products of the United States being returned.
Goods Astray - used for the return to the U.S. of refused or undeliverable shipments or goods brought into Canada accidentally.
International Mail - used to report shipments of mail moving from a foreign postal service to the U.S. Postal Service.
Intangibles - used for the release of certain specific commodities including business records and articles returned from space.
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