U.S. final rule modernizing customs broker regulations

Concurrent final rule removing all references to customs broker district permit user fees

Concurrent final rule removing all references to customs broker district permit user fees

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released for publication in the Federal Register a final rule modernizing the customs broker regulations.

As explained in the final rule [PDF 595 KB] (176 pages):

  • CBP is transitioning all customs brokers to a single national permit and expanding the scope of the national permit authority to allow national permit holders to conduct any type of customs business throughout the customs territory of the United States. To accomplish this, CBP is eliminating broker districts and district permits—in turn removing the need for the maintenance of district offices, and district permit waivers.
  • CBP is updating, among other changes, the responsible supervision and control oversight framework so that customs business is conducted within the United States, and requiring that a customs broker have direct communication with an importer.
  • CBP is increasing fees for the broker license application to recover some of the costs associated with the review of customs broker license applications and the necessary vetting of individuals and business entities (i.e., partnerships, associations, and corporations).
  • CBP is announcing the deployment of a new online system, the eCBP Portal, for processing broker submissions and electronic payments.

CBP also released for publication in the Federal Register a concurrent final rule [PDF 285 KB] (17 pages) to remove all references to customs broker district permit user fees to align with the changes made in the final rule document. 

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

Doug Zuvich
Partner and Global Practice Leader
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John L. McLoughlin
Principal and East Coast Leader
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Andy Siciliano
Partner and National Practice Leader
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Steve Brotherton
Principal and Global Export and Sanctions Leader
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Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
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Irina Vaysfeld
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Amie Ahanchian
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Christopher Young
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Gisele Belotto
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George Zaharatos
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Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
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Jessica Libby
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