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Three CBP Centers of Excellence and Expertise Becoming Fully Operational

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that beginning Jan. 28 its Centers of Excellence and Expertise for electronics; petroleum, natural gas and minerals; and pharmaceuticals, health and chemicals will transition beyond the test phase and into fully operational status.

A CBP press release states that to assume all trade functions within their respective industries, these Centers will use an internal legal order to execute an incremental expansion in three phases over the next six months. Each phase will consist of assuming trade functionality from key ports of entry while also bringing on the trade staff at those locations in a full-time capacity to support the transition of work. CBP asserts that these changes, which will also be made “in due course” for the remaining seven Centers, will have major positive impacts on trade and customs revenue functions by reducing costs to the trade, enhancing governmental efficiencies and promoting uniformity of treatment.

Each Center integrates management-by-account principles and allows CBP trade personnel to specialize in a key industry and thus build “advanced knowledge in the intricacies of particular products and processes.” CBP has designated 10 Centers for the following industries that will be managed out of the CBP field offices indicated.

- Agriculture and Prepared Products (Miami)

- Apparel, Footwear and Textiles (San Francisco)

- Automotive and Aerospace (Detroit)

- Base Metals (Chicago)

- Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising (Atlanta)

- Electronics (Los Angeles)

- Industrial and Manufacturing Materials (Buffalo)

- Machinery (Laredo)

- Petroleum, Natural Gas and Minerals (Houston)

- Pharmaceuticals, Health and Chemicals (New York)

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg has available a webinar providing an overview of Center-related changes at local ports and across the U.S. Click here for more information or to purchase this on-demand webinar.

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