CBP makes changes to the scope of CEE program

Effective March 10, US Customs has modified the scope of coverage at six of its Centers of Excellence and Expertise, a pilot program started in 2011 as a collaborative effort with the trade to facilitate the import of certain categories of goods.  The test program, a vital component of CBP’s Trade Transformation efforts, has successfully expanded to 10 centers nationwide.

As the program matures, CBP has removed, added and/or reassigned various HTSUS headings that are under the purview of the following CEEs:

  • Automotive & Aerospace
  • Base Metals
  • Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising
  • Industrial & Manufacturing Materials
  • Machinery
  • Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals

In light of these changes, importers participating in the CEE test at these centers should carefully review CBP’s actions to ensure that their inbound merchandise still qualifies for inclusion in their respective CEEs.

Additionally, CBP is expanding the entry types that can be processed at all CEEs to include Types 01, 04, 06, 08, 11, 23 and 24.  Moreover, 14 additional entry types will be added in the near future.

For more information about these and other changes affecting CEEs, consult CBP’s Federal Register notice.


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