CBP wants to update the Customhouse Brokers role in the trade process

The Role of the Broker-Regulatory Revision Workgroup was established January 2011 by CBP in partnership with the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America (NCBFAA) to work collaboratively to develop solutions to meet the challenges of 21st Century commerce as it relates to their vital role. The key concepts of this initiative is to leverage broker relationships to extend the opportunity for small and medium enterprises to be recognized as trusted partners, while also allowing for established “best practices” within the industry. CBP is currently spearheading two projects to modernize the role of the broker, Broker Pre-Certification and Broker Regulation Redesign. Brief descriptions of these programs follow below:

Broker Pre-Certification

Brokers who apply and are accepted into the Importer Self-Assessment Pre-Certification Program (ISA-PC) will perform the comprehensive review of the ISA applicant’s package and evaluate the applicant’s readiness to self-govern and participate in the ISA program. The accredited broker will draft a final report on the applicant’s ISA readiness and submit it the Partnership Programs Branch for processing and validation. If there are no anomalies, the report will be scheduled for ISA Review Board approval/certification.

Broker Regulation Redesign

Current broker regulations have not kept up with advancements in technology and the facilitation goals of the agency. CBP is attempting to address this through amendments to the regulations that will-

  • Clarify brokers’ responsibilities related to importer validation and provide greater visibility of importers.
  • Modernize the regulations to align with current electronic capabilities and business practices. These modernizations could result in decreased administrative costs for both CBP and customs brokers.
  • Reinforce the broker’s responsibility to exercise due diligence in conducting business and to “professionalize” the customs broker by introducing a continuing education requirement.


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