Additional broker verifications on importers

According to this Federal Register notice, CBP is proposing amendments to the current broker verification regulations, and WOW!, it’s going to be a lot of additional work for the broker.  This proposed amendment will require customs brokers to collect certain information from importers to enable the broker to verify the identity of an importer. 

CBP believes this additional scrutiny will help to prevent fraud and impede the creation of shell companies by importers looking to evade CBP laws.

The following information is what CBP is suggesting, at minimum:

  1. The client’s name;
  2. For a client who is an individual, the client’s date of birth;
  3. For a client that is a partnership, corporation, or association, the grantor’s date of birth;
  4. For a client that is a partnership, corporation, or association, the client’s trade or fictitious names;
  5. The address of the client’s physical location (for a client that is a partnership, corporation, or association, the physical location would be the client’s headquarters) and telephone number;
  6. The client’s email address and business website;
  7. A copy of the grantor’s unexpired government-issued photo identification;
  8. The client’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number, employer identification number (EIN), or importer of record (IOR) number;
  9. The client’s publicly available business identification number (e.g., Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, etc.);
  10. A recent credit report;
  11. A copy of the client’s business registration and license with state authorities; and
  12. The grantor’s authorization to execute power of attorney on behalf of the client.

The comment period is open to the public until October 15th, 2019 and may be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal here.

2018 Annual User Fee Due Jan 26 – Increased Fee Amount!


cbp sealCustoms Brokers:
  Your annual user fee is due by January 26, 2018!

CBP’s annual user fee is required by CBP for any broker, whether you are a partnership, individual, association or corporation. The fee is due is due at each Customs Broker District where a local permit has been received to conduct CBP business.  Failure to pay the user fee will result in suspension and revocation of the permit.

The big news this year is that the fee for 2018 has increased to $141.70, pursuant to fee adjustments required by the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act).  Read the Nov. 1, 2017 Federal Register Notice here.

Additional information regarding the payment process for these user fees, visit CBP’s website here.  Please note, however, that at the time of this writing, CBP has not yet updated their website with the new fee amounts.

 

 

 

CBP Trade Event – Status of Broker Regs and New Exam Webinar July 26th @ 2:30 EST!

cbp trade eventsJust announced this afternoon!  WEBINAR TIME CONFIRMED 2:30 EST!!

CBP, Broker Management is hosting an online webinar on Wednesday, July 26th, entiled “ORR Broker Regulations and BMB Brokers Exam Webinar”.  This is a must attend to learn, firsthand, about proposed changes to the broker regulations as well as the already announced changes to the Customs broker exam process.

Following is today’s email announcement from the NCBFAA, with links to the registration…

On Wednesday, July 26, the Office of Regulations and Rulings will be presenting on the status and process of broker related regulations, the NPRM for 19 CFR 111 and TFTEA 116 and the effect of Executive Order on the regulatory process.

Broker Management Branch will speak to the October 2017 Customs Broker exam, which will be the first automated delivery.

To register for this event, please click here.

If you need to cancel your registration, please click here.