Monday, January 26, 2009

10+2 Importer Security Filing Rule Now in Effect

(WorldTrade Interactive)

The “10+2” importer security filing rule took effect as scheduled Jan. 26 after U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed that this rule would not be affected by a White House request for a 60-day delay of all pending regulations. As a result, importers and maritime cargo carriers must now submit additional cargo data to CBP before vessels are permitted entry into the country.
In a Jan. 20 memo White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asked all federal agencies to consider a 60-day extension of the effective date of any regulations that had been published but had not yet taken effect and to reopen for 30 days the comment period on any such rules.

CBP states that it decided not to comply with that request with respect to the 10+2 rule based in large part on the fact that its rulemaking process was procedurally adequate, that a 75-day public comment period had already been provided on the proposed rule and that the interim final rule is now subject to an additional six-month comment period. CBP added that the Jan. 26 effective date will allow it to work with industry on testing and improving the systems of this initiative during the structured review and delayed enforcement period that runs through Jan. 26, 2010.