Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Brokers to Play Key Role in US Customs System

(Journal of Commerce Online – R.G.Edmonson)

Account management to aggregate data for business

Customs brokers will play a key role in getting small and medium sized businesses into a Customs and Border Protection account management system, Commissioner Alan Bersin told members of the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America on Monday.

Bersin said handling the imports of the United States as millions of lines of separate entries was an outdated practice that Customs must change.

“We have to aggregate this data and approach it in a simplified fashion, and that’s what management by account is intended to accomplish,” Bersin said. “It strikes me that the customs broker is absolutely critical in making account management available to small and medium-sized businesses.

“It’s going to require that we collaborate and figure out how the customs broker can help perform the aggregating tasks that will be required,” Bersin said. “It is a new set of responsibilities but I think your association recognized from the beginning that this is an evolving profession.” Read more here.