CBP Proposes Amendments to Customs Regs re: Permissible Sharing of Client Records by Brokers

On October 27, 2010, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register with regard to the permissible sharing of client records by customs brokers. In the notice, CBP states:

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.

Comments must be received by December 27, 2010.