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Arent Fox LLP, a law firm in Washington D.C. specializing in cross-border business activity between the US and Canada, has alerted CFIB that the United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has launched an initiative aimed at importers of record of merchandise into the US. This initiative aims to increase outreach and communication with the trade community. It does not necessarily mean that there will be an increase in audit and/or enforcement actions, just that US CBP will increase efforts to engage with importers.
This includes Canadian non-resident importers of record.
Why is US Customs & Border Protection writing you?
If you have received an informed compliance letter (see the attached sample letter so you know what to expect), be on notice. Although the letter is not intrinsically an audit, it may be a sign that an audit is imminent. If your business has been selected for audit, you will receive a formal notice that is separate from this letter.
If you receive a letter: