U.S. Customs and Border Protection October 27, 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Permissible Sharing of Client Records by Customs Brokers
Document Number: 2010-27106
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-10-27
Agency: Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
This document proposes to amend Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations in title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) pertaining to the obligations of customs brokers to keep clients' information confidential. The proposed amendment would allow brokers, upon the client's consent in a written authorization, to share client information with affiliated entities related to the broker so that these entities may offer non-customs business services to the broker's clients. The proposed amendment would also allow customs brokers to use a third-party to perform photocopying, scanning, and delivery of client records for the broker. These proposed changes are intended to update the regulation to reflect modern business practices, while protecting the confidentiality of client (importer) information. In addition, the proposed changes would align the regulations with CBP's previously published rulings concerning brokers' confidentiality of client information.
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