CBP LOOKING TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF THE CUSTOMHOUSE BROKER

CBP LOOKING TO INCREASE THE ROLE OF THE CHB

 

Assistant Commissioner Allen Gina, Office of International Trade, told the National

Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association, in their September meeting in Washington,

that “CBP needs an effective partnership with the brokerage community that

takes their compliance expertise to the next level.”

 

“Brokers are vital to CBP’s efforts to modernize trade and reduce costs for the industry

and the government,” Gina said. “You are an essential conduit between the importer

and CBP, and our account-based and industry-focused Centers of Excellence and

Expertise. CBP will increasingly rely on you to root out inefficiencies in our processes

and procedures.”

 

“We need the customs broker to be our force multiplier for our enforcement and

facilitation efforts,” Gina said. “So brokers must be allowed to assume more responsibility.

That includes the processing of entries, educating themselves, the importer

and the public, and maintaining the highest standards of competency and integrity.”

CBP included the “Role of the Broker” program as an important component of its

Trade Transformation Initiatives. While the goal is to enhance brokers as compliance

professionals, the program also includes a new opportunity for CBP and the

trade community to work together to overhaul the broker regulations. This year CBP

will hold nearly 30 roundtables with the brokers on the key regulatory features of the overhaul.

In introducing the Role of the Broker, CBP has hosted a number of broker Webinars, which

have averaged nearly 400 participants. The next are scheduled for October 4 and October 11.

 

CBP is also deploying a streamlined broker licensing process to cut the application time from

nearly a year down to 3 months. After pilots were successfully tested at JFK and O’Hare

Airports last year, the new process is being expanded to Philadelphia, Atlanta, Laredo, Seattle,

Otay Mesa, Long Beach, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Nogales, and Cleveland.

These sites will be able to accept both individual and corporate license applications. The new

process will eliminate long delays that were costly to new applicants and their employers,

and reduce the substantial administrative burden on CBP personnel.

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