Important Information on US Duty Payment Deferrals

On the evening of April 19, 2020, a 90-day deferral of certain estimated duties, taxes, and fees for US importers was announced by Executive Order of the President of the United States, to be implemented through the US Customs and Border Protection and the Secretary of the Treasury.

These deferrals have limitations on eligibility, and proof of significant hardship in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic must be available. A deadline of April 20, 2020, was announced, in order to apply for this deferral for the payments that were due today, April 21, 2020. Additionally, this does not apply to goods subject to

Although the deadline for the April statements has now passed, Buckland is able to provide assistance for entries that have been either already imported or new shipments coming in.

Importers will need to demonstrate that they have faced significant financial hardship to their operations in March and/or April 2020  due to orders from authorities limiting their abilities to conduct operations resulting in a 60% loss in gross receipts compared to the same period in 2019.

The new deadlines are as follows:

Estimated duties, taxes, and fees paid on single pay basis or Daily Statement may be postponed up to 90 days from the payment due date.


Estimated duties and fees paid via Periodic Monthly Statement (PMS) may be postponed up to three months, as defined by the 15th working day of the third month.


Buckland is available to provide quotes upon request for those who meet the notice qualification and we encourage customers to review their operations for qualification. Please see the links below for more details about eligibility.

Please reach out to for further information.