The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has once again extended the implementation of a specific documentation filing requirement by importers of radio frequency (RF) equipment.
According to an Order issued by the FCC in early June, the continued suspension involves the required filing of FCC Form 740, the use of which was suspended in early 2016 due to technical challenges that prohibited U.S. Customs and Border Protection from receiving the form information electronically. Since that initial suspension, the FCC has continued to explore the possibility of eliminating the Form 740 filing requirement in its entirety, since it would mandate paper filings without an electronic option. Since those discussions are ongoing, a further extension of the rule suspension is in order.
The FCC notes that any suspension or elimination of the Form 740 filing requirement “only affects the manner in which the Commission collects the information about imported RF equipment…(and that) the general proscription against importation of non-authorized equipment…continues to remain in full effect.”