Wednesday, November 11, 2009

CBP News

1. CBP 2009 Trade Symposium

The 2009 Trade Symposium is scheduled for December 8 – 10, 2009. Click HERE to view the symposium topics and schedule. Registration for the conference is currently full, but CBP is offering the option to attend by webcast. For only $35, participants will be able to view and interact online.

Updated ABI Software Vendors List

CBP updated its ABI Software Vendors List on 11/9/2009. This list contains the company name, address, phone number and email contact information along with the types of services provided. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) only collects the information and does not provide any endorsements as to the nature, extent or quality of the services that may be provided.

American Recovery & Reinvestment Act Funds

Check out updates on how CBP is using the funds received from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). CBP appropriated $420 million for constructing 24 new land ports of entry, primarily along the northern border and making repairs to existing land ports.

CBP Announces New Intellectual Property Bonds

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has established new bond options for intellectual property rights (IPR) owners. The owners will use this bong to obtain samples of imported merchandise suspected of violating a copyright, trade name or trademark registered by the IPR owner. IPR owners may use either a continuous or single transaction IPR sample bond. A continuous IPR sample bond has the advantage of covering multiple IPR sample transactions, across all ports of entry with a single bond and reduces the administrative burden for CBP to track single transaction IPR bonds.

5. C-TPAT Enforcement & Appeal Process

This new document provides an overview of the reasons for suspending or removing C-TPAT members from the program. Members may be immediately removed for aggravated circumstances such as providing false information or intentionally disregarding the program’s requirements. For lesser violations, members may be suspended and provided with an opportunity to comply with the requirements in order to resume active membership.

Once a security related incident or other program violation occurs, C-TPAT officials determine the appropriate next steps on a case-by-case basis. To be reinstated into the program after an incident or violation, the company must agree to a corrective action plan that identifies specific objectives and periods within which those objectives should be reached. In addition, the company must consent to un-announced visits by C-TPAT staff to monitor progress. In the case of a failed validation, the company must demonstrate that it has successfully addressed all vulnerabilities and complied with all other requirements before being fully reinstated.

Companies that are suspended or removed may appeal this decision to CBP HQ. CBP will decide the appeal in a timely fashion.

6. CBP Updates ISF FAQ

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently updated its "Frequently Asked Questions" document on Importer Security Filing (ISF). The document contains new information about liquidated damages, duplicate filings, Instruments of International Trade (IIT), empty containers and garments on hangers. Information about bill of lading numbers, bonds, progress reports and U.S. Goods Returned has been updated.

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