U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that the submission period for the 2021 customs broker triennial status report and fee opened Dec. 15 and will close Feb. 28, 2021. Failure to file will result in the suspension of the broker’s license, which may also be revoked if the broker takes no further action.
Each entity holding a broker’s license must file a status report with CBP and pay a processing fee of $100 every three years. CBP encourages all brokers to submit the report and fee via the eCBP portal but will accept a paper status report and payment at the port that originally delivered the license.
Licensed customs brokers must include an employee list, if applicable, with each status report submitted. In addition, each individually licensed broker must state whether or not he/she still meets the applicable regulatory requirements and has engaged in any conduct that could constitute grounds for license suspension or revocation.
Individuals are considered to be actively engaged in transacting customs business when they are (a) currently transacting or have recently transacted customs business on behalf of others as a sole proprietor or (b) employed by a licensed customs broker that is currently transacting or has recently transacted customs business on behalf of others.
Partnerships, corporations, and associations must also report whether or not they are actively engaged in customs business. An organization that currently transacts or recently transacted customs business on behalf of others should report that it is actively engaged in customs business.
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