Congress Acts to Require Passengers Arriving from Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico to pay Customs User Fee

Yesterday evening, the US Congress passed the Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea on a bipartisan basis. The US administration believes the agreements will increase US exports, investment and jobs.

The bill which Congress passed on the US/Colombia Free Trade Agreement included a provision which eliminates the exemption enjoyed by passengers arriving in the US from Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico from paying the Customs user fee of $5.50 which other international passengers arriving in the US are already paying.   The change becomes effective 15 days after the enactment of the bill.