Privileged Foreign (PF)

Status Merchandise applies to merchandise of foreign origin when classified and appraised with duties liquidated and taxes determined, as of the date the application for this status is approved. Privileged Foreign status allows the importer to alter or manufacture merchandise into new products without changing, for duty-assessment purposes, the original product classification. Privileged Foreign status cannot be abandoned even though the form of the merchandise has been changed. This status, however, cannot be granted to Non-privileged Foreign merchandise which has previously been manufactured in a Zone.