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CBP launches test for centralized decision-making authority for imports in four industry sectors

August 27, 2012 | No. 2012-263


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 Federal Register.

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

Andrew Siciliano, (631) 425-6057

John L. McLoughlin, (267) 256-2614

Todd R. Smith, (949) 885-5617

Luis A. Abad, (212) 954-3094

Amie Ahanchian, (202) 533-3247

Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.

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