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Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA)

The Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) was implemented on January 1, 1984, and has no set expiration date.  CBERA generally provides for duty-free entry of goods into the United States from designated beneficiary countries.

All goods marked or eligible to be marked as a product of a CBERA beneficiary country, regardless of whether CBERA preferences are claimed, are eligible for exemption from the Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) (see 19 CFR 24.23(c)(1)(iii)).

HTS General Note 7
A current link to the general note of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule, including a list of countries designated beneficiary countries and program requirements. Pursuant to Paragraph (e) of the Note, the good in question must be imported directly from a CBERA beneficiary country in order to be eligible for CBERA benefits.

Note: On the HTS link above, select the “General Notes; General rules of Interpretation; General Statistical Notes,” link, followed by “General Note 17.”

Additional Resources and Regulations:
19 CFR 10.191 – 199 (Subpart B)
“Imported Directly” defined at 19 CFR 10.193

Last modified: 
February 21, 2017