What is a FIRMS code

Customs Jun 29, 2020

If you're getting involved in the world of customs you've probably started to hear the term "FIRMS code". If you're anything like me (and hey, you're here aren't you?) then you're probably wondering what is a FIRMS code. We'll go through what a FIRMS code is and a brief introduction to customs.

The code

The maritime and logistics industry is full of acronyms and customs is no different. United States Customs and Border Protection (U.S. CBP) issues a Facilities Information and Resources Management System (FIRMS) code to:

  • Bonded Warehouses
  • Container Freight Stations (CFS)
  • Foreign Trade Zones
  • Marine Terminals
  • or any other CBP bonded facility

CBP FRIMS Codes are 4 digits, for example Y400 which is Terminal 5 in Seattle, WA.

What does it mean?

A FRIMS code is in essence, a shorter "address" for a location. It is a code that represents the location of certain goods and facilities. To receive a FIRMS code the location must be bonded and the code on file with CPB. You can find CBP FIRMS codes in their official list here.

A FIRMS code is used when communicating with CBP. They are required to be on Customs documents and other important paperwork, and documents for your cargo.

Nick Seferos

Sea-going maritime professional on ships and tugs turned to shore-side terminal life. Nick manages shore-side personnel and security, customs, and hazardous shipments in a container terminal.

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