On August 14, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register that would require customs brokers to verify the identity of importers.
The proposed rule would require brokers to collect at a minimum the following information:
- Client’s name;
- The date of birth if the client is an individual;
- The grantor’s date of birth for a client that is a partnership, corporation, or association;
- The client’s trade or fictitious names;
- The address and telephone number of the client’s physical location;
- The client’s email address and business website;
- A copy of the grantor's unexpired government-issued photo identification;
- The client's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) number, employer identification number (EIN), or importer of record (IOR) number;
- The client's publicly available business identification number;
- A recent credit report;
- A copy of the client's business registration and license with state authorities;
- The grantor's authorization to execute power of attorney on behalf of client.
CBP has requested the trade submit public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov using the docket No. USCBP-2019-0024.
The Federal Register Notice may be found here: