Reminder: US In-Bond Reporting Changes Effective March 1, 2019

Jan 14, 2019

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has issued an amendment regarding rail changes to the In-Bond Process effective March 1, 2019.

In-bond refers to the transportation of US Customs sealed goods from one location in a US Customs territory to another. Customs simplified the in-bond process requiring carriers to automate their processes and electronically submit data. The amendment enhances Customs ability to monitor in-bond goods ensuring proper handling of shipments. It also reduces the need to manually input required in-bond data reducing the potential for shipment delays.

What you need to know - Additional customer data requirement:

1. In-bond shipments will require the six-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The HTSUS needs to be included on the N9 segment of the EDI 404 or 417 transmission with the qualifier HS.
EDI Field: N9*HS*123456
2. In-bond shipments will also require the four-character alpha numeric Facilities Information and Resources Management System (FIRMS) code. The FIRMS code needs to be included on an additional N9 segment of the EDI 404 or 417 transmission with the qualifier FRC.
EDI Field: N9*FRC*A123
3. Changes in port of destination or port of exportation for in-bond shipments can only be completed with authorization from the port director at the US port of arrival.

If both the HTSUS & FIRMS information is not provided or is provided incorrectly on your bill of lading, you will experience delays and applicable fees with your shipment.

CBP is currently working on creating FIRMS codes for all rail border locations applicable to in-bond traffic transiting to the US by rail. Current FIRMS code are on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

Information regarding the tariff schedule (HTSUS) can be located here.

The changes to the in-bond process are identified in the Federal Register Vol 82 No. 187 and can be found on the US Customs and Border Protection website.

Please contact BNSF Border Support group with questions concerning the transmission of HTSUS and FIRMS data via your EDI billing.

If you do not submit your bills of lading via EDI and instead need assistance with applying the HTSUS and FIRMS data using the Shipping Instructions application, please contact BNSF's Waybill Solutions Team via email at or via phone at 888-428-2673 option 3, 2, 4.

If you are not yet registered with a secured User ID and password please go to to register and contact the eBusiness Team for assistance at or 888-428-2673 option 4, 1.