For the past several years, there have been efforts within CBP to remove the requirement for individual district permits. Just recently CBP published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to take the first step to getting rid of the district permits (see: https://www.cbp.gov/trade/programs-administration/customs-brokers).
The proposed rules will likely address the Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee’s (COAC) recommendations. Some recommendations are listed below:
- “District permit” and “national permit” will be replaced with “the permit” to reflect a single permit functioning at the national level.
- Single permit allows brokers to have authority to conduct customs business at the national level.
- Transition to a single permit.
- Brokers need to show evidence how they intend to exercise responsible supervision and control.
- Enhancements to ACE for broker reporting and streamlining broker reporting.
- Requires the Power of Attorney come from the importer to the broker.
- Removing specific feed dollar amounts
- Require customs business may be conducted only within the customs territory of the United States.