Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend its regulations to require continuing education for individual customs broker license holders and to create a framework for administering this requirement.
“By requiring individual brokers to remain knowledgeable about recent developments in customs and related laws as well as international trade and supply chains, CBP’s proposed framework would enhance professionalism and competency within the customs broker community,” the agency said in the proposed rule.
CBP expects requirements for customs brokers will “contribute to increased trade compliance and better protection of the revenue of the United States.”
NCBFAA will carefully review and comment on this 97-page NPRM.
The NPRM proposes to require individual brokers to complete at least 36 continuing education credits per triennial period, with limited exceptions. Individual brokers reentering the profession following a period of voluntary suspension would be subject to a prorated requirement of one continuing education credit for each complete remaining month until the end of the triennial period.
The proposed framework also exempts two groups of individual brokers from the continuing broker education requirement: individual brokers who have voluntarily suspended their license and who have not held their license for an entire triennial period at the time of the submission of the status report.
“Under the proposed framework, individual brokers could earn continuing education credits for a variety of training or educational activities, whether in-person or online, including the completion of coursework, seminars, workshops, symposia, or conventions, and, subject to certain limitations and requirements, the preparation and presentation of subject matter as an instructor, discussion leader, or speaker. Individual brokers would report and certify their compliance with the continuing broker education requirement upon the submission of the status report required under 19 CFR 111.30(d), which is due on a triennial basis,” CBP said in the NPRM.
The agency added that it proposes disciplinary action against individual brokers who submit a triennial report that fails to report and certify his or her compliance with the continuing broker education requirement.
The Federal Register Notice on Continuing Education for brokers may be viewed here.
Farrow will be participating in the industry review of these proposed rules for licensed customs brokers.
Source: National Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of America, Inc. (NCBFAA)
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