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Merchandise processing fee (MPF)

The merchandise processing fee (MPF) is a fee charged by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for processing import cargo into the United States. The fee is based on the value of the goods. It is a mandatory fee that must be paid by the importer or their agent before the goods are released from CBP custody. The purpose of the MPF is to cover the cost of processing and evaluating imports, as well as to maintain the infrastructure and technology needed for secure and efficient trade.