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Faster Issuance of Customs Rulings is Goal of COAC Initiative

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee has created a working group to examine ways to accelerate the issuance of U.S. Customs and Border Protection rulings.

COAC states that the current system of CBP rulings and decisions (e.g., binding rulings, internal advice, protest review decisions) “affords an indispensable degree of transparency and informed compliance for the international trade community.” This system includes the review and reconsideration of binding CBP rulings and decisions to promote uniform guidance. These tools “are vital for both proper business planning and for affording traders due process.”

However, COAC adds that in a number of instances “the prolonged time taken for consideration and issuance of these decisions may diminish their value to the trader.” As a result, the working group will seek to identify areas for process improvement in the receipt of requests for, and issuance of, CBP headquarters rulings and decisions focusing on tariff classification, valuation, origin, preference programs, drawback, and other aspects of the entry and duty refund process.

The working group welcomes input from the trade community as part of this evaluation. For more information, please contact ST&R attorney and COAC member Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011.

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