U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced the next step in its transition of operational trade functions from ports of entry to the Centers of Excellence and Expertise. Effective Dec. 16, the director of the Apparel, Footwear and Textiles CEE will assume trade authority for post-release trade processes of entry summaries filed in the following ports of entry under the field offices indicated.


- Norfolk

- Wilmington

- Charlotte

- Charleston

- Savannah

- Atlanta


- Philadelphia

- Pittsburgh

- Baltimore

- Dulles Airport


- Portland, Maine

- St. Albans

- Boston

- Hartford

- Logan Airport

- Providence


- Champlain

- Buffalo


- Minneapolis

- Milwaukee

- Chicago

- Cleveland

- Cincinnati

- Columbus

- Louisville

- Hulman Regional Airport

- Kansas City

- St. Louis


- Detroit

- Port Huron

- Sault Ste Marie

El Paso

- El Paso


- Houston

- Houston Airport

- Dallas


- Brownsville

- Laredo

- Hidalgo

- Progresso

Los Angeles

- Los Angeles/Long Beach and LAX



- Miami

New Orleans

- Mobile

- New Orleans

- Memphis

New York

- New York FO (1001 and 7200)

- NY/Newark

- JFK Airport


- Portland, Ore.

- Anchorage

- Denver

San Diego

- San Diego

- San Ysidro

- Otay Mesa

San Francisco

- San Francisco International Airport

- San Francisco

- Honolulu

- Salt Lake City


- Seattle

- Blaine

- Great Falls

- Pembina

- International Falls


- Tampa

- Jacksonville


- Douglas

- Naco

- Nogales

- Phoenix

- San Luis

- Tucson

Trade functions and activities over which the CEE director may exercise authority include the following.

- entry and entry summary processing such as articles conditionally free or subject to a reduced rate, American goods returned, permanent exhibition entries, special classes of merchandise, importations temporarily free of duty, quota, informal entries, trade fair entries, warehouse entries and withdrawals, foreign-trade zone entry summaries, and other special entry procedures

- decisions and activities regarding packing, stamping, country of origin marking, rules of origin, trademarks, copyrights, bonds, classification, appraisement, and the sampling of merchandise

- processing of liquidations, protests, petitions, recordkeeping, and financial and accounting matters

On the other hand, port directors retain singular authority over those matters pertaining to the control, movement, examination and release of cargo; drawback; and fines, penalties and forfeitures.

Port directors and CEE directors both have the authority to demand redelivery of cargo or demand single transaction bonds when necessary to ensure safety and security and protect the revenue. Both also have the authority to take samples of merchandise as needed. Revenue collections can be accepted by port of entry staff and/or CEE personnel on behalf of CBP.

CBP states that entry summary filing procedures and document submission processes will remain the same for brokers and importers. In instances where a regulation requires that certain documentation, information or filings be submitted to a port director, the filer/importer may continue making such submissions to the ports of entry in accordance with the regulations. Alternatively, the filer/importer may provide such submissions directly to its assigned CEE director, who will process and route the submission accordingly. This includes instances when CBP has requested the documentation or information as well as instances when the filer/importer initiates the submission without a specific request by CBP. For example, a protest may still be filed with the port director whose decision is being protested pursuant to 19 CFR 174.12(d), or a protest may be filed with the appropriate CEE.

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