- Created: Friday, 26 June 2015 14:24
The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced the institution of “Centers of Excellence and Expertise” (CEE). The CEE concept is aimed at:
- Increasing industry-based knowledge within CBP
- Facilitating legitimate trade through effective risk management
- Enhancing enforcement and address industry risk
What is a CEE?
In layman’s terms, they are centralized CBP offices that will deal with all post-release issues on a specific commodity or industry. For example:
- Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals
- Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals
- Agricultural & Prepared Products
- Automotive & Aerospace
- Base Metals
- Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising
- Industrial & Manufacturing Materials
The Electronics CEE has been operational for approximately 4 months now, and the Petroleum, Natural Gas & Chemicals CEE will be operational as of June 29/15. The balance of the CEE’s listed above will be implemented over time and are currently in the volunteer testing phase.
What does this mean to Cole the broker and you the client?
With respect to the importation and release of goods, nothing will change for Cole or our clients. The border locations will continue to make all release and examination decisions.
The post-release functions of CBP will not change, but the location at which they are done will. All requests for information will now come from a CEE holding responsibility for the commodity at hand.
This new structure is meant to streamline legitimate trade, so it will be a beneficial tool when fully implemented and functional. In the beginning stages of implementation, as CBP navigates the new roles and responsibilities of their CEE’s, there is the potential to see ‘a few’ more requests for information than what we typically see now. This should diminish over time as the CEE’s become familiar with the commodities, clients and industry issues in their area of responsibilities.
We will continue to keep you updated on the issue and as more CEE’s become operational.
Additional Information & Links:
Cole International USA Inc. Contact: 360-332-1124