April Webcast Q&A Wrap-up

Presented by Denise Guzialek

Program Manager--Compliance Services

Copper Hill Incorporated


Q: I would like to start flagging my entries to file value recon. How do I go about setting this up?

A:  The first step is to contact your surety company to add a recon rider to your existing bond. Once this is complete, contact your broker to begin the application process to begin flagging your entries for value recon. Once your entries are flagged, you have 21 months to reconcile. You can work with your broker who can file recon entries with Customs with the corrected values.


Are you like many companies that perform spot-checks on 10% or less of all entries? Validating any less than 100% of entries leaves you vulnerable to filing errors, but reviewing entries manually requires time that many of us don’t have.  However, if you don’t have the time to review all of your entries, you probably don’t have time to deal with the consequences of filing errors!

Automating your entry review process can save time, prevent errors and create an audit trail of your entry data. By automating your entry audit process, all of your entries are automatically screened for discrepancies against the supporting shipment data. That’s 100% of your entries, 100% of the time!

So, would this solution work for you? Integration Point has created a questionnaire that can help you decide if automating your entry review process would be beneficial for your company. Click here to find out if this solution fits your needs.

Through the efforts of an interagency collaboration, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) investigators seized more than 200,000 toy dolls arriving from China due to high levels of a group of banned chemical compounds.

According to CBP.gov, the ten shipments, valued at nearly $500,000, were seized at the ports of Chicago, IL, Dallas, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Norfolk, VA, Memphis TN, Newark, NJ, Portland, OR, and Savannah GA. The toy parts contained high levels of phthalates, a potential safety risk to the public, especially children.

The Import Safety Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center (CTAC), designed to streamline and enhance federal efforts to address import safety issues, had been tracking these shipments since April 2013, due to the potential threat.  “Using advanced technology to track certain shipments before they reach our shores is helping CPSC better protect America’s consumers,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “CPSC and CBP are working in partnership to detect and detain violative imports.” CTAC’s efforts, in conjunction with the actions of CBP and CPSA, stopped more than 1.1 million unsafe products in the 2012 Fiscal Year alone.

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) Executive Vice President, Ed Desmond states, “[TIA] commends CBP and CPSC for their diligence and hard work at the ports to ensure that products violating strict federal safety laws never reach consumers.”

You can access the full article, including video, images and testing results, here.

This interagency collaboration is a great example of the One US Government at the Border initiative.  To hear more about the One US Government at the Border initiative, join Integration Point & CBP for a free, educational webcast on December 11, 2013.  More information and registration for the webcast can be accessed here.