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CBP Clarifies Authorities of Directors of Centers of Excellence and Expertise

Monday, September 09, 2019
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making the following corrections to a December 2016 rule that established the Centers of Excellence and Expertise as a permanent organizational component and transitioned to Center directors certain operational trade functions that traditionally resided with port directors.

- 19 CFR 12.73(j) is revised to state that the Environmental Protection Agency declaration providing that a vehicle or engine being imported conforms to federal emission requirements must be delivered by the importer or consignee to CBP either at the port of entry or electronically.

- 19 CFR 12.73(j) is also revised to provide that the Center director, rather than the port director, has the authority to extend the period of time for submission of the EPA approval if good cause is shown.

- 19 CFR 141.113(b) is revised to clarify that it is the Center director, rather than the port director, who has the authority to promptly demand the return to CBP custody of an imported textile or textile product found during the conditional release period to not be entitled to admission into U.S. commerce because the country of origin was not accurately represented.

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