What are the Centers for Excellence and Expertise?
CBP envisions an end to port shopping and uniform decision making throughout all ports of entry via use of the Centers of Excellence and Expertise.
What are the benefits of the CEEs?
The most crucial benefit is that these Centers are considered experts in their field. Each center collaborates with key industry sectors which helps importers in a specific area to get better information on business processes and products. By being an expert, there is a “greater understanding of the industry issues” and allows for “an industry-focused resource for both the trade and CBP”. CEEs also exist to help get rid of duplicative work for importers (think less CBP 28s), which helps importers in having greater predictability, less cargo delays, and reduces costs for importers. CEEs also “serve as a centralized source for trade inquiries.” This helps in establishing better transparency and uniformity for trade; and streamlines the “inquiry process for resolving issues.”
Will the Process of Importing be Different?
An importer will not need to change where they import into nor will the entry process change. The CEEs are a virtual environment. However, “CBP processing for post-release aspects of shipments will simply be redirected from the Ports of Entry to the appropriate industry Center.” Since the CEEs operate virtually, imports will be placed into a Center based on whichever business practice the importer is associated with and the harmonized tariff schedule [HTSUS] “tariff classification of the predominant number of goods imported.” Also, once an importer has been placed in a Center, that Center will process the post-release no matter what the tariff classification of the imported merchandise.
- Pharmaceuticals, Health & Chemicals Center
- Petroleum, Natural Gas & Minerals Center
- Machinery Center Directory
- Industrial & Manufacturing Materials Center
- Electronics Center
- Consumer Products & Mass Merchandising Center
- Base Metals Center
- Automotive & Aerospace Center
- Apparel, Footwear & Textiles Center
- Agriculture & Prepared Products Center