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Informal entry refers to a simplified import entry procedure accepted at the option of customs for any baggage or commercial shipment that does not exceed a specified value. Generally, informal entry procedures may be used for shipments not exceeding $2,000 in value which are imported by express consignment operators and carriers. Individual shipments valued at $2,000 or less may be consolidated on one entry. However, such procedures may not be used for prohibited or restricted merchandise, merchandise which is subject to a quota or other quantitative restraints, or for any articles precluded from informal entry procedures by the statute.