CBPs Centers of Excellence and Expertise Update

by: Jordan Jensen, Legal Extern

On June 29, 2017, in an effort to continue to transform the way U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) approaches trade through the Centers of Excellence and Expertise (“Centers”), CBP released a new trade process document that includes new responsibilities and procedures for importers, brokers, agents, or filers.[1]

The document provides information on each Center’s organization, including a list of the ten Centers and their respective industries, information on account and filer responsibilities, contact information for each Center, release and entry processes, entry summary processes, post-summary processes, enforcement processes, and requests to discontinue participation.[2]

Specifically, the entry summary processes include information on electronic document submission, revenue collection, summary rejection or cancellation, census warnings, center review of entry summaries, foreign trade zones (“FTZ”), vessel repair entries, and information on processes in the U.S. Virgin Islands (“USVI”).[3] Similarly, the post-summary processes include issuance of requests for information and notice of action, internal advice requests, liquidation, and protests and petitions.[4] The section on enforcement processes gives detailed information on prior disclosures.[5]

To read more, view the CBP document here.