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CBP Seeks Public Comments on Draft Trusted Trader Program Application

Mar 20 2015

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP)  announced it is accepting comments on its proposed application for the Trusted Trader Program.  The proposed application can be found here.  The goals of the Trusted Trader program are to increase security, strengthen compliance, and increase efficiency of trade.

The Trusted Trader Program aims to unify the supply chain security aspects of the current Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the internal controls of the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA).  The program is currently in the testing phase and applies to importer participants who have satisfied the C-TPAT supply chain security and trade compliance requirements.  Trusted Trader is a coordinated effort between CBP and the Food and Drug Administration, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Transportation Security Administration.  This partnership provides importers with extra incentives to participate in the program.  

CBP stated that the comments should address some or all of the following points: 

(a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; 

(b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimates of the burden of the collection of information; 

(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 

(d) ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and 

(e) the annual cost burden to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information - a total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs.

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