INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILLING
OUT CUSTOMS FORM 214
1. Zone Number and
Location (Address)- Zone
number designated in
foreign-trade zone grant
and delivery address.
Do not report post office
box number for address.
Item 2. Port Code - The Port Code where the zone is
located as shown in Schedule D, Harmonized Tariff Schedule
of the United States (HTS).
Item 3. Importing Vessel and Flag/Other Carrier -
For merchandise arriving in the United States by vessel,
give the name of the vessel and the name (flag) of the country
in which the vessel is registered (or the county code as
provided in Schedule C, HTS), which transported the merchandise
from the last foreign port of lading to the first United
States port of unlading prior to admission to the zone.
For merchandise unladen in the zone directly from the carrier which transported
the merchandise from the last foreign port of lading as "mail", "railroad", "truck", "pipeline", "ferry",
or other as appropriate. Leave this block blank for goods in domestic
status or domestic or duty-paid goods in zone-restricted status.
When merchandise is admitted after transportation from another foreign-trade
zone, show only "Zone Transfer" in this space.
Item 4. Export-Date - For merchandise exported by vessel,
note the month, day, and year on which the carrier departed the
last port of the country of exportation. For merchandise exported
by air, note the month and year in which the aircraft departed
the last airport of the country of exportation. For overland
shipments, including those where the port of lading is located
outside the country of exportation (e.g., the goods are exported
from Switzerland but laden at Hamburg), note the month and year
in which the carrier crossed the border of the country of exportation.
For mail shipments, note the date of exportation in Customs Form
3509, Notice of Addressee of Arrival of Mail Shipment.
Leave blank for goods in domestic status, domestic or duty-paid goods
in zone-restricted status, or goods transferred from another zone.
Item 5. Import Date - For merchandise arriving the United
States by vessel, note the month, day, and year on which the
importing vessel transporting the merchandise from the foreign
country arrived within the limits of the U.S. port at which the
merchandise was unladen. For merchandise arriving in the U.S.
other than by vessel, note the month, day, and year in which
the merchandise arrived within the limits of the U.S. For mail
shipments, note the date of the Notice of Addressee on CF 3509.
Leave blank for goods in domestic status, domestic or duty-paid goods
in zone-restricted status, or goods transferred from another zone.
Item 6. Zone Admission No.- Report unique and sequential
number assigned for numbering shipments admitted to a zone under
Section 146.32(a) CR, whether or not the lot method is used for
inventory control in the zone. The number should be assigned
by the zone operator or user, according to local practice.
Item 7. U.S. Port of Unlading - For merchandise arriving
in the United States by vessel or air, note the U.S. port (not
code), as provided in Schedule D, Harmonized Tariff Schedule
of the United States, at which the merchandise was unladen from
the importing vessel or aircraft, whether or not such a port
is a Customs port of entry. For example, if Customs Form 214
is filed at the Port of Los Angeles for merchandise unladen at
Long Beach, California, show Long Beach as the port of unlading.
The same principle applies when goods are unladen at a smaller
port within a consolidated port of entry, e.g., Stockton within
the San Francisco consolidated port.
When merchandise is transported in-bond from the U.S. port where unladen
from the importing vessel or carrier to another U.S. port to be admitted
to a foreign-trade zone, show as the port of unlading the port or point
where the merchandise was unladen from the importing carrier before transportation
For imported mail shipments, the port of unlading is the port which issued
Customs Form 3509 to the importer. Leave blank for goods in domestic
status, domestic or duty-paid goods in zone-restricted status, and goods
transferred from another zone.
Item 8. Foreign Port of Lading - For merchandise arriving
in the United States by vessel or air, report the name of the
foreign port at which the merchandise was actually laden on the
vessel or aircraft that carried the merchandise to the U.S. For
shipments originating in either Canada or Mexico, and arriving
in the U.S. from Canada or Mexico by rail, truck, pipeline, or
other non-vessel/non-air mode of transportation, supply the name
of the province (Canada) or state (Mexico) where the merchandise
was first laden for exportation to the U.S. For imported mail
shipments, show the city listed under the address of the foreign
shipper on Customs Form 3509.
For merchandise transshipped abroad in the course of shipment to the
U.S., whether or not covered by a through bill of lading, report the
foreign port at which the merchandise was laden on the vessel, aircraft,
or the carrier which transported it to the first U.S. port of unlading.
Neither the foreign port of original lading nor any port of lading other
than the last foreign port of lading shall be substituted.
When a single Customs Form 214 covers merchandise laden at more than
one foreign port, the foreign port of lading shall be indicated separately
in Item16. "Marks, Nos., and Country of Origin", immediately
below the country of origin designation and on the same line as the merchandise
laden at each foreign port. In such cases, report "See Item16 in
Item8. Leave blank for goods in domestic status, domestic or duty-paid
goods in zone-restricted status, or goods transferred from another zone.
Item 9. Bill of Lading/AWB No.- Number of bill of lading
or air wayID4-11 assigned to shipment, whether the merchandise
is imported or not. Leave blank for mail shipments.
Item 10. Inward Foreign Manifest No.- Number assigned
by importing carrier to cargo declaration in which goods were
included. Leave blank if carrier does not assign manifest numbers.
Also, leave blank for in-bond shipments, mail shipments, and
shipments of goods in domestic status, domestic or duty-paid
goods in zone-restricted status, and goods transferred form another
Item 11. In-Bond Carrier - Name of party responsible under
custodial bond of bonded carrier for transportation in-bond to
port with jurisdiction over zone. Leave blank if goods were not
transported in-bond from another port.
Item 12. I.T. Number and Date - Type of in-bond shipment
(e.g., IT, WDT&E) and nine-digit Immediate Transportation
number assigned to the in-bond shipments and date the CF 7512
was prepared. Leave blank if goods were not transported in-bond.
Item 13. I.T, from (Port) - port of origin of in-bond
shipment. If transported from a foreign-trade zone at another
port, show also in parentheses "FTZ" and the foreign-trade
zone number after the name of the port. Example: Miami (FTZ 32)
is transported from another zone in the same port, report in
parentheses only "FTZ" and the zone number. Otherwise,
leave blank if goods were not transported in-bond.
Item 14. Statistical Information, Furnished Directly to
Bureau of the Census by Applicant - If information is transmitted
directly to Census, place "X" in the appropriate box.
If the "Yes" box is marked, no CF 214A, statistical
copy, need be sent to Customs nor forwarded by Customs to Census.
For use of this form for blanket admissions under Sec. 146.32(d) CR,
see Sec. 6.7(g) FTZM. For use and instructions for form use for direct
delivery admissions see Sec. 146.40(b)(1) CR and Sec. 6.10 FTZM.
Item 15. Number of Packages & Country of Origin -
Quantity and kind of packages (cases, bundles, cartons, etc.)
in shipment. For containerized merchandise, show quantity of
packages within intermodal containers(s); show also container
number(s). For bulk shipments, show "Bulk".
Report country of origin code provided in Annex B, ISO Code, Harmonized Tariff
Schedule. The country of origin in which the product was mined, grown,
or manufactured. Further labor, work, or material added to an article
in another country must effect a substantial transformation in order
for such other country to become the actual "country of origin".
When the merchandise is invoiced or exported from a country other than
that in which it originated, the actual country of origin shall be specified
rather than the country of invoice or exportation.
When a single Customs Form 214 covers merchandise from more than one
country of origin, the country of origin shall be indicated separately
against each HTS subheading (or group of subheadings).
Multiple foreign ports of lading may be reported here, as noted in the
instructions for Item 8.
Item 16. Description of Merchandise - Detailed description
of goods as shown in the commercial invoice or the documentation.
If no commercial documentation is available, describe goods in
sufficient detail that inspecting Customs officer can ascertain
whether the goods whose admission is sought are the goods actually
received at the zone, and/or dete3-mine whether the goods are
eligible for admission to the zone.
Item 17. HTS No.- Report the appropriate subheading including
statistical suffix under which the merchandise is classified
in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. For items admitted under the
provisions of HTS numbers 9802.00.5010, 9802.00.6000, 9802.00.8015,
9802.00.8040, 9802.00.8055, 9802.00.8065, or 9802.00.9000 show
the Chapter 98 number and the value on the first line and immediately
below the chapter 98 number enter the chapter I through 98 HTS
applicable for the specific commodity.
If more than one zone status is shown for different articles of merchandise
reported on Customs Form 214, identify each line Item by noting "Privileged
Foreign", "Non-privileged Foreign", or "Zone-Restricted" below
the appropriate HTS subheading in Item18; or group merchandise in like
statuses and divide them by a dotted line as shown in the sample Customs
Form 214. In addition, the boxes for all of the applicable statuses in
Item23 shall be checked. For goods in domestic status or domestic or
duty-paid goods in zone-restricted status, leave Item 18 blank.
Item 18. Quantity (HTS) - When a unit of quantity is specified
in the HTS for the subheading, report the net quantity in the
specified unit, and show the unit after the net quantity figure.
If two units of quantity are shown for the commodity in the HTS,
report the net quantity in both units, with the unit indicated
in each case. Insert the quantity in terms of the unit marked
with a superior "v" on the line horizontal with the
value in Item 21. Put the quantity in terms of any other unit
below the first quantity and enclose it in parentheses.
If no unit of quantity is specified in the HTS, or for goods in domestic
status or domestic or duty-paid goods in zone restricted status, report
the quantity in parentheses, using the unit of quantity in which the
goods were invoiced. If the goods are not invoiced the unit of quantity
in which the goods are ordinarily purchased.
Report quantities in whole units unless fractions of units are required
by the district director for Customs control purposes. For goods in domestic
status or domestic or duty-paid goods in zone-restricted status, report
in the invoiced unit of quantity or in the unit of quantity in which
the goods are ordinarily invoiced.
Item 19. Gross Weight - report the gross shipping weight
in kilograms for articles admitted to the zone. Supply separate
gross weight information for each HTS subheading. If the gross
weight is not available for each subheading approximate shipping
weight for each Items shall be estimated and reported. The total
of these estimated weights shall equal the actual gross shipping
weight for all of the merchandise covered by all of the HTS subheadings
on the form.
In the case of containerized cargo, the weight of the intermodal containers
should not be included in the shipping weight of the merchandise covered
by each HTS subheading.
Item 20. Separate Value and Aggregate Charges - Report
the purchase price in U.S. dollars or in the case of merchandise
not acquired by purchase, the equivalent of such price. This
value must be shown for each HTS number described separately
in Item 17.
Report the aggregate cost in U.S. dollars of freight, insurance, and
all other costs, charges and expenses incurred in bringing the merchandise
from alongside the carrier at the foreign port of exportation in the
country of exportation and placing it alongside the carrier at the first
U.S. port of entry (unlading). This value shall be reported immediately
beneath the entered value and identified with the letter "C".
In the case of overland shipments (i.e., merchandise transported to the
U.S. by means other than vessel or air) originating in Canada or Mexico,
foreign inland freight will be reported as charges.
Charges are required for each Item valued over $125C, and in certain
special cases for each line Item valued over $250.
Item 21. Harbor Maintenance Fee - Commercial cargo loaded
or unloaded from a commercial vessel is subject to a port use
fee, on or after January 1, 1991, of .12S percent of its value.
Foreign-trade zone users, not zone operators, are subject to
Item 22. Not to be filled out.
Item 23. Status Designation - Fill in appropriate box
with "X" or check mark to show desired zone status.
For "Privileged Foreign", note that a Zone Customs
Entry is not required With the application. See the instructions
in Item 1a when merchandise of more than one status is reported
on one Customs Form 214.
Item 24. Applicant Firm Name - Name of firm with right
to make entry which applies for admission of goods to zone.
Item 25. By (Signature) - Signature of authorized representative
of firm applying for admission of goods to zone.
Item 26. Title - Title of authorized representative of
Item 27. Date - Date application is made and signed by
authorized representative of applicant firm to admit goods to
Item 28. For the FTZ (Signature) - Signature of authorized
representative of zone operator who agrees to receive merchandise
Item 29. Title - Title of authorized representative of
Item 30. Date - Date authorized representative of operator
signed to agree to receive merchandise into zone.
Item 31. Port Director of Customs: By (Signature) - Signature
of authorized representative of port director who approves admission
of goods to zone.
Item 32. Title - Title of authorized representative of
Item 33. Date - Date authorized representative of port
director signed to approve admission of goods to zone.
Item 34. Port Director of Customs: By (Signature) - Signature
of authorized representative of port director who approves application
for zone status.
Item 35. Title - Title Of authorized representative of
Item 36. Date - Date authorized representative of port
director signed to approve requested zone status.
Item 37. Permit to Transfer - Fill in appropriate box
with "XI, or check Mark. I' box "Except at noted below" is
filled in, described any shortage, overage, damage, or other
discrepancy between the goods described in Items 15 through 17
and those approved to be transported by cartman or other approved
party to zone. If Customs inspector has not actually inspected
merchandise, exception report may be made by cartman representative.
If Customs Form 214 is not used as a delivery ticket, Items 37-45
shall not be filled in.
Item 38. Customs Officers at Station (Signature) - Signature
of Customs officer at station form which goods are to transported
by cartman or other approved party to zone, authorizing such
Item 39. Title - Title of Customs officer authorizing
cartage to zone.
Item 40. Station - I Name of Customs station from which
cartage to zone was authorized.
Item 41. Date - Date Customs officer signed to authorize
cartage to zone.
Item 42. Received for Transfer to Zone (Driver's Signature)
- Signature of driver of cartage vehicle transporting goods to
zone or other authorized representative of cartman firm.
Item 43. Cartman - Name of licensed cartman firm transporting
goods to zone.
Item 44. CHL No. - Number of Customshouse License of cartman
firm transporting goods to zone.
Item 45. Date - Date cartman driver or other representative
signed to receive goods for transfer to zone.
Item 46. To the Port Director - This report shall be made
by a representative of the zone operator, unless a Customs officer
physically supervises receipt of the merchandise in the zone.
Fill out only if there is a discrepancy between goods as found
in Item 37 (or goods as reported in Items 1517 but not reported
in Item 37) and goods found upon receipt in zone. Describe discrepancy
completely, and have cartman representative countersign as provided
in Sec. 10.3 FTZM.
If container or conveyance is sealed, or is reported on Customs or shipping
documentation as sealed, have cartman representative sign here for concurrence
in condition of seal(s) and conveyance as noted in Sec. 10.3 FTZM.
Item 47. Customs Office at Station (Signature) - Signature
of authorized representative of zone operator who accepts goods
for receipt into zone, or Customs officer who supervises receipt
into zone, as applicable.
Item 48. Title - Title of authorized representative of
zone operator who accepts goods for receipt in zone, or Customs
officer , as applicable.
Item 49. Date - Date authorize representative of zone
operator or Customs officer, as applicable, signs for receipt.