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What are HMF and MPF?


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What is HMF and MPF?

In addition to duty and excise tax, imports to the United States, are subject to “user fees.” These fees depend on the mode of transport (sea, air, rail, road) and the type of entry (formal vs. informal). Goods transported via ocean are subject to both, HMF and MPF. 

What is HMF? 

HMF stands for harbor maintenance fee, and it is collected by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection services, for shipments that are imported via ocean.

How is HMF calculated? 

HMF takes up 0.125% of the value of cargo declared on the commercial invoice of goods only imported via ocean. HMF does not have a minimum or maximum amount of charge. 

What is MPF?

MPF stands of merchandise processing fee implemented by the U.S. Customs for most imports into the U.S. through all modes of transport. 

What is MPF calculated?

The MPF is calculated at 0.3464%. The minimum amount is $26.22, with a maximum amount of $508.70. The fee is based on the value of the merchandise being imported, not including duty, freight, and insurance charges. 

For informal entries (imported via mail), MPF is a set fee, which ranges between $2 to $9 per shipment. 


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