The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released for publication in the
Federal Register a general notice announcing the launch of a “general test” to provide broad decision-making authority of the “Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEEs)” in an effort to facilitate the entry of merchandise imported by companies within the following industries / sectors:
- Electronics CEE
- Pharmaceuticals, Health and Chemicals CEE
- Automotive and Aerospace CEE
- Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minerals CEE
The CBP notice invites public comment concerning the methodology of the
test program; identifies the purpose of the test and the regulations that will be affected;
determines the length of the test; explains the application process; and provides the
eligibility and selection criteria for voluntary participation in the test.
Applications for participation in the test may be submitted beginning Tuesday, August 28, 2012—which is the scheduled date of publication of the CBP notice in the
The selection of initial test participants will begin no later than 30 days from August 28, 2012.
Applications will be accepted throughout the duration of this test. Selected applicants will be individually notified of their participation date.
CBP’s goal is to incrementally transition the operational trade functions that
traditionally reside with the ports of entry until they reside entirely with the CEEs. By
focusing on industry-specific issues and providing tailored support for the participating
importers, CBP is seeking to facilitate trade, to reduce transaction costs, increase
compliance with applicable import laws, and to achieve uniformity of treatment at the
ports of entry for the identified industries.
For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:
Douglas Zuvich, (312) 665-1022
McLoughlin, (267) 256-2614
Todd R. Smith,
Luis A. Abad, (212) 954-3094
Amie Ahanchian, (202) 533-3247
Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.
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