CBP to Test Procedure to Reduce Export Delays in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarder’s Association reported July 15 that U.S. Customs and Border Protection intends to test at the port of Los Angeles a new procedure to improve its targeting of problem exports while facilitating legitimate shipments. The association explains that CBP outbound exams in L.A. are generally occurring after containers have been delivered to the carrier and that an “unfortunate byproduct” of this process on consolidated containers is that exam costs are often high, shipments are delayed and non-targeted cargo is caught up in the process. The association states that under the new test, which will initially be run with a few non-vessel-operating common carriers that handle a large volume of bookings from other NVOCCs and freight forwarders (referred to as neutral NVOs), CBP will focus on targeting less-than-container-load shipments before they are loaded in the consolidation container, thereby reducing the delay and cost impact to non-targeted shipments. According to the association, letters of intent from those interested in participating in this test are due by July 31.