CBP - Updated “Centers of Excellence and Expertise” trade process document 

March 28:  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) “Centers of Excellence and Expertise” (CEE) program is intended to bring CBP's trade expertise on a single industry for a strategic location.

An updated CEE trade process document [PDF 582 KB] is titled: Centers of Excellence and Expertise Trade Process Document: Responsibilities and Procedures for Participating Accounts and Their Brokers, Agents, or Filers

Overview of CEE program

CBP’s Centers of Excellence and Expertise:

  • Are staffed with numerous trade positions using account management principles and operational skills to authoritatively facilitate trade
  • Serve as resources to the broader trade community and to CBP’s U.S. government partners
  • Provide a system for CEE personnel to answer questions, provide information, and develop comprehensive trade facilitation strategies to address uniformity and compliance concerns

While revenue collection continues to be carried out at the ports of entry, the CEEs will perform all validation activities, protests, and post-entry amendment / post-summary correction reviews for those entry summaries handled by the CEE.

The CEE may also process prior disclosure validations for participating accounts within their industry if the disclosing party chooses to submit the prior disclosure to its designated CEE instead of to the CBP port of entry of the disclosed violation. The scope and functions will expand incrementally until the operational trade functions that traditionally reside with the ports of entry are transitioned to the CEEs.

For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich

(312) 665-1022

Andrew Siciliano

(631) 425-6057

John L. McLoughlin

(267) 256-2614

Todd R. Smith

(949) 885-5617

Luis A. Abad

(212) 954-3094

Amie Ahanchian

(202) 533-3247

Or your local KPMG Trade & Customs professional.

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