Safe Harbor Fees
Background: On December 5, 2008, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a Federal Register Notice (Vol. 73, No. 235), which described plans to implement a cost recovery program to support the operation of the U.S.-European Union (EU) Safe Harbor Framework. Interested parties could submit their comments on the proposed program by close of business December 16, 2008.
An organization that is self-certifying its compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and/or the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework for the first time on or after March 1, 2009 must remit a one-time processing fee of $200.00.
An organization that has previously self-certified its compliance with the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework and/or the U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework and is due to reaffirm its compliance with the Framework(s) on or after April 1, 2009 must remit an annual processing fee of $100.00 on or before the anniversary of the organization’s original self-certification.
Note: The aforementioned fees apply regardless of whether an organization is self-certifying or recertifying its compliance with one or both Safe Harbor Frameworks.
The fees may only be remitted by credit card, corporate check, money order, or certified check.
Payment by credit card is available online via the Safe Harbor Login/Certification Form link located under “Safe Harbor” on the left navigation bar of the Safe Harbor home page.
Checks must be made out to: U.S. Department of Commerce
Checks must be sent to:
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S.-EU & U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor Programs
ATTN: David Ritchie
1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230
Because of internal mail delivery delays due to security inspections, we strongly advise that applicants submit their checks via a recognized courier service such as Federal Express or UPS.
In addition, we also recommend that an electronic copy of the remittance be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If your organization is self-certifying for the first time, the subject line must state: Safe Harbor New Certification Fee for [your organization name here]. If your organization is recertifying, the subject line must state: Safe Harbor Recertification Fee for [your organization name here].
These processing fees are used to defray the costs of administering the Safe Harbor program and are not refundable. We will not review an organization’s self-certification submission (i.e., self-certification or recertification application) until we receive confirmation that the relevant processing fee has been remitted. Payment of the relevant processing fee does not guarantee that an organization’s self-certification or recertification will be finalized (i.e., payment does not guarantee that an organization will be entitled to the benefits of the Safe Harbor).