• CBP to Add Two New CEEs for Automotive/Aerospace, Oil/Gas/Minerals Imports
  • June 22, 2012
  • Law Firm: Crowell Moring LLP - Washington Office
  • On May 10, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) acting Commissioner David V. Aguilar announced the expansion of its Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) initiative. One center, based in Detroit, will provide one-stop processing for Automotive and Aerospace industry imports. Houston will host the Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minerals center. The new centers join the existing CEEs in Los Angeles (Electronics) and New York (Pharmaceuticals).

    The CEEs represent CBP's efforts to provide uniformity and predictability across ports of entry, facilitate more efficient processing and timely resolution of national trade issues, and enhance agency knowledge tailored to specific industries with unique trade environments. CBP will staff the centers with a variety of trade personnel positions, utilizing account management principles, to serve as primary contacts for trade information and compliance concerns. For businesses participating in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) trusted shipper programs, the CEEs will serve as the single point of processing for those entities for validation activities including protests, post entry amendments and prior disclosure. This will allow the ports of entry to focus on revenue collection and high-risk shipments and importers that do not take part in the trusted shipper programs.

    CBP plans to continue the expansion in 2013 to five additional centers in the following industries: Agriculture and Prepared Products; Base Metals and Machinery; Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising; Industrial and Manufacturing Materials; and Textiles, Wearing Apparel and Footwear. CBP has yet to release information on the locations of the additional centers.