U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently began issuing Informed Compliance notification letters to the importing community. If an importer receives this type of correspondence, it may be an indication that CBP believes the importer is experiencing specific compliance issues.

Each letter includes selected Informed Compliance Publications (ICP) and criteria explaining the process of submitting Prior Disclosures. This information is meant to assist importers in understanding CBP’s laws and regulations.

CBP is encouraging recipients to proactively monitor import transaction data in the Automated Control Environment (ACE) Secure Data Portal and to conduct a self-review of import declarations and compliance procedures.

It also strongly encourages importers to take appropriate action to correct any discrepancies by filing prior disclosures, as any future violations identified by CBP may result in seizure and forfeiture of imported merchandise and/or higher assessment of monetary penalties.