Understanding US Customs’ Informed Compliance Letters

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November 2016


Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is demonstrating amplified scrutiny of importers’ compliance operations and enforcement of trade regulations by sending out Informed Compliance Publications to importers nation-wide. These are the need to know points to take away from the recent developments:

  • We believe that importers who receive Informed Compliance Publications (ICP) are not selected at random; they are being targeted.
  • An ICP letter from CBP signals the increased likelihood of a comprehensive customs audit.
  • ICP letters do not inform the importer which areas of compliance may have been flagged. The letter is accompanied by all ICPs, which makes it difficult to ascertain areas of concern.
  • PwC has designed a Streamlined Gap Analysis to assist importers in identifying potential heightened areas of compliance risk for their organization.
  • A proactive approach to customs & trade compliance serves not only to mitigate risk, but also creates opportunities for bottom-line savings.

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Maytee Pereira

Managing Director, PwC's Customs and International Trade Practice Co-Leader, PwC US

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