U.S. Section 321 Type 86 Resource Center

Updated Information on Ecommerce-Related Customs Shipments

This resource center includes information regarding the Section 321 Type 86 entry for low-valued shipments into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE). We encourage you to bookmark this page and to check back for updated information regarding the program.

What is Section 321 Type 86?

Section 321 Type 86 is a customs entry type for goods imported into the United States. This type of entry allows for the import of goods without the payment of duties and taxes if the value of shipment is less than US$800 in value. Goods purchased via ecommerce often fall within this value range.

Section 321 Type 86

What is the goal of Section 321 Type 86?

This entry type was created to:

Speed Processing Time
Allow for more efficient processing of low-value shipments with less labor
Improve Security
More rapidly identify higher-risk shipments to increase security
Improve Interagency Communication
More readily connect and stream data to and from Partner Government Agencies (PGAs)
Decrease Costs
Reduce costs with more accurate and timely information with reduced labor

Is it mandatory to submit a filing?

No, Entry Type 86 is a voluntary test. Automated Broker Interface (ABI) importer self-filers and designated customs brokers of de minimis shipments may file. For purposes of this test, customs brokers must be authorized to conduct business on behalf of the owner. The test will continue until concluded by an announcement published in the U.S. Federal Register (FR).

— Frank Casano, CEO, Aircitypost

"Using the Descartes Air AMS solution, we’re helping an average of one to two million ecommerce shipments per month get to their destination faster without increasing costs."


Are some goods not qualified to take advantage of a Section 321 Type 86 filing?

Yes, some of the products that cannot be filed via this type of entry include shipments that require inspection; merchandise subject to Anti-Dumping Duties (ADDs) and/or Countervailing Duties (CVDs); products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), National Highway Transport and Safety Administration (NHTSA), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Automating Ecommerce Customs Entries Whitepaper book cover

Automating Ecommerce Customs Entries

Using Section 321 Type 86 Filings to Thrive

Register to download the ultimate guide on maximizing the potential of ecommerce by automating U.S. Section 321 Type 86 entries.

seko logo white

— David Emerson, Global VP, Ecommerce Solutions. SEKO Logistics

“Descartes’ high-level filing automation enabled SEKO to further manage the extraordinary volumes we’re shipping.”


Air Automated Manifest System (Air AMS) FAQs

Learn more about Air AMS in our comprehensive frequently asked questions resource center

How Descartes Can Help

Descartes’ technology can enable compliance with a broad range of customs and regulatory requirements worldwide including Section 321 Type 86 in the U.S.

We have been helping customers speed low-value shipments through U.S. Customs and Border Protection in large volumes to help drive-up profitability and thrill clients.