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Understanding Customs Business and CBP Supervision

What is "customs business" according to 19CFR 111.1?

What activities require responsible supervision and control by a qualified Customs Broker when dealing with CBP on behalf of an Importer?

Responsible supervision and control are required for customs business activities, as defined by 19CFR 111.1, which involve dealings with CBP regarding various aspects of imported goods.

What falls under the category of "customs business" according to 19CFR 111.1?

According to 19CFR 111.1, "customs business" includes the following activities:

  • Dealing with CBP regarding the entry and admissibility of goods.
  • Handling the classification and valuation of goods.
  • Managing the payment of duties, taxes, or other charges assessed or collected on imported goods.
  • Handling refund, rebate, or drawback of duties, taxes, or other charges.

What is Excluded from "customs business"?

What activities are excluded from the definition of "customs business"?

The following activities are excluded from "customs business":

  • Corporate compliance activities.
  • Simple electronic submission of data received for transmission to CBP.

Why is Responsible Supervision Important in Customs Business?

Why does it matter to exercise responsible supervision and control in customs business?

Exercising responsible supervision and control is crucial because it ensures that the Customs Broker handles importer business accurately and in compliance with CBP regulations. This includes providing correct and timely data to CBP.

The Role of Power of Attorney

What is the significance of a power of attorney in customs transactions?

A power of attorney is required for the Broker to handle importer business in customs. It grants legal authority for the Broker to act on behalf of the Importer in customs matters.

Responsibilities of Customs Brokers and Importers

What are the responsibilities of Customs Brokers in handling customs transactions?

Customs Brokers must exercise responsible supervision and control over all customs transactions to provide correct and timely data to CBP to the best of their abilities and knowledge.

What responsibilities do Importers have in customs transactions?

Importers are responsible for providing Customs Brokers with accurate and timely information, taking reasonable care to ensure the accuracy of customs declarations.


In summary, "customs business" encompasses a range of activities related to dealing with CBP in the importation process. Responsible supervision and control, facilitated by a power of attorney, are vital aspects of customs transactions, ensuring compliance with CBP regulations and the accuracy of data submitted.

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