CPSC begins to integrate with ACE

The September Trade Support Network (TSN) monthly meeting featured speakers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and our own Nic Adams, VP Client Services for CustomsNow, was there. 

The CPSC representatives announced that in late Fall, 2019, they will be deploying functionality that will link their Risk Assessment Methodology system, known as ITDS/RAM, with ACE to further coordinate efforts with CBP and the trade community regarding examination and disposition results. This represents the culmination of 2 years of work with CBP to achieve the first phase, Hold Request and Conditional Release Coordination.

This first step in integrating with ACE will allow CPSC to more effectively notify CBP of shipments that are of concern and may require an examination in order to ensure the product is safe for consumers. (Today they manually notify CBP Officers of shipments they wish held.)  They explained there are over 300 HTS numbers that they have identified as high-risk.  The list of HTS numbers is not readily available but general product categories.   Learn more details about this new program here.  TSN members strongly suggested they work with CBP to flag those HTS numbers as other PGAs generally do. 

The CPSC uses the entry data primarily to identify high-risk shipments and, therefore, their review cannot begin until the entry is filed.  They will not receive the entry details from CBP until the entry has been filed and the conveyance has been ‘arrived’ by the carrier. 

Nic asked, “If a shipment is ‘Under Review’, should the filer upload the commercials to ACE’s Digital Imaging System (DIS) right away”?  The answer was “No”, and if the CPSC believes the commercial documents may be of value, they will contact the filer and request the documents. 

This process is like the one employed today by CBP-Agriculture, who do not receive PGA data from the filer.  Rather, they review manifests for products that may cause harm to U.S. agriculture.  Please see the CPSC Participation in 1USG Notification Messaging at Import, attached, for more. 

Contact CustomsNow if you have any questions @ sales@customsnow.com.

CBP launches Trusted Trader program test


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US Customs has launched a test of its Trusted Trader initiative, “a new program that will streamline the process through which importers can establish to CBP that they strive to secure their supply chains and strengthen their internal controls for compliance with … existing [customs] laws.”

Working in conjunction with the CPSC and FDA, CBP plans to use the Trusted Trader program to unify the current C-TPAT and ISA programs.  (Non-participating companies will still have the option to participate exclusively in C-TPAT and apply to the ISA program).  In addition, the Trusted Trader program will leverage the expertise of Customs’s CEEs “to manage trusted trader accounts from an industry perspective.”

CBP lists numerous benefits of the Trusted Trader program, including:

  • All the incentives provided by the C-TPAT and ISA programs
  • Reduced FDA targeting/examination risk score
  • Potential for penalty offsets in penalty mitigation decisions
  • Additional benefits if participating in Reconciliation Prototype program
  • Exemptions from on-site visits from Drawback Specialists
  • And much more

The Trusted Trader test is expected to last for 18 months, and the application process is now open.

See last week’s Federal Register announcement for more details.