U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through Dec. 6 on a new information collection associated with its forthcoming test of an improved global business identifier. The GBI evaluative proof of concept aims to determine a single identifier solution that will uniquely discern main legal entity and ownership; specific business and global locations; and supply chain roles and functions.

Entry filers must request permission to participate in this test and must obtain and submit three GBI identifiers (legal entity identifier, global location number, and DUNS number) as part of the application. Automated Broker Interface filers (including brokers and self-filers) will be required to complete a GBI enrollment process, via ABI, prior to submitting the identifiers on an electronic entry (CBP Form 3461). Filers are responsible for the associated costs to obtain all three identifiers and will submit each identifier for the following supply chain roles: manufacturer/producer (required), shipper (required), seller (required), exporter (optional), distributor (optional), and packager (optional).

CBP states that by testing these identifiers it will take its first step in determining whether to amend its regulations to mandate the GBI solution.

For more information on the global business identifier, please contact attorney Lenny Feldman at (305) 894-1011 or via email.

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