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Signing Up for Automated Clearinghouse

The procedures for signing up for ACH Debit, ACH Credit and ACH Refund are slightly different:

Signing up for ACH Debit

To participate, you must file entries through ABI using statement processing, and your financial institution must be a U.S. bank NACHA participant with Electronic Data Interchange capability. Importer payers must also have a federal identification number (tax ID number or social security number). ACH applications may be obtained by contacting the Revenue Division in Indianapolis or an ABI Client Representative.

Please confirm with your bank, the banks transit routing number and your account number to avoid transactional errors. The payer will be held responsible for any errors that result from incorrect account information.

Complete an ACH debit application form. If multiple accounts are to be used, complete a separate application for each account. If you use more than one broker, only one broker needs to be identified on the application. Be sure all bank information on the application matches the information on the check specification sheet.

Mail or fax the application to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Revenue Division at:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Revenue Division
ACH Debit Applications
6650 Telecom Drive, Ste 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Phone: (317) 298-1200 x1098
FAX: (317) 298-1259
Email: ACH-Customs@cbp.dhs.gov
The usual application processing time is 7 to 10 business days. The Revenue Division will contact you in writing to inform you of your payer unit number and the effective date of your ACH participation.

Signing up for ACH Credit

To participate, you or your broker must file entries under ABI and Statement processing and your financial institution must be a NACHA participant with Electronic Data Interchange capability. Complete an ACH Credit application form, which can be found on this website under the forms tab. It is form CBP 401. Then mail or fax the application to the Revenue Division at:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Revenue Division
ACH Credit Applications
6650 Telecom Drive, Ste 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Phone: (317) 298-1200 x1098
FAX: (317) 298-1259
Email: ACH-Customs@cbp.dhs.gov
Once your application is received, the Revenue Division will provide you with the payment format and data requirements, which you in turn provide to your financial institution. Your financial institution must test and validate the payment routing and account data by sending a prenotification transaction with addendum record, (example to use is included in the instructions), which is a zero dollar amount sent through ACH. You must notify CBP when the prenote transaction is being sent. CBP will then notify you when you can begin ACH Credit transactions.

Signing up for ACH Refund

To participate you must have a federally-assigned taxpayer identification number and an U.S. bank account. ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment enrollment forms may be obtained by contacting the Revenue Division in Indianapolis, IN. Please confirm with your bank, the banks transit routing number and your account number to avoid transactional errors.

Complete an ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment enrollment form. If there are multiple suffixes for the taxpayer identification number and only one depositing account, attach a list of each suffix you want to include to the enrollment form. If there are multiple suffixes for the taxpayer identification number and each suffix will have its own depositing account, you will need to complete an ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment enrollment form for each suffix. Be sure the ACH Vendor/Miscellaneous Payment enrollment form is signed by a company representative. Mail or fax the enrollment form to:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Revenue Division
Attn: ACH Refund
6650 Telecom Drive, Ste 100
Indianapolis, IN 46278

Phone: (317) 298-1200 x 1178
FAX: (317) 290-3167
Email: gmb.achrefundsupport@cbp.dhs.gov
The NFC will contact you in writing by fax and mail to inform you of the effective date of your ACH participation.

Last modified: 
March 16, 2017