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CBP request for comments, reducing regulations and regulatory costs

CBP request for comments

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released for publication in the Federal Register a notice that requests comments on identifying existing regulations that can be modified or withdrawn in order to reduce regulatory costs.


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The president in early 2017 signed two executive orders that focused on reducing regulations. In response, today’s CBP release [PDF 209 KB] requests “comments and information … to assist CBP in identifying existing regulations, paperwork requirements, and other regulatory obligations that can be modified or repealed to achieve savings of time and money while continuing to achieve CBP’s statutory obligations.” 

Comments are due 90 days after this notice is published in the Federal Register on September 12, 2017.

Questions to consider

CBP’s release asks interested parties to consider the following questions when responding:

  • Are there CBP rules or reporting requirements that have become outdated and, if so, how can they be modernized to better accomplish their objective?
  • Are there CBP rules that are still necessary, but have not operated as well as expected such that a modified, or slightly different approach at lower cost is justified?
  • Are there CBP rules that unnecessarily obstruct, delay, curtail, or otherwise impose significant costs on the secure flow of legitimate trade to and from the United States?
  • Does CBP currently collect information that it does not need or use effectively?
  • Are there regulations, reporting requirements, or regulatory processes that are unnecessarily complicated or could be streamlined to achieve statutory obligations in more efficient ways?
  • Are there rules or reporting requirements that have been overtaken by technological developments? Can new technologies be leveraged to modify, streamline, or do away with existing regulatory or reporting requirements?

CBP has requested that the regulation(s) or reporting requirement(s) at issue be specifically identified and cited.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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