CBP Proposes Rule to Require Customs Brokers to Verify an Importer’s Identity

Posted by Matt Schmitt on 8/20/19 5:00 PM

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:


Topics: CBP, Customs

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