CBP to Revise Policy on the Use of CF28s as Start of Formal Investigation

On June 10, 2010, during the Customs Lawyers Association Annual meeting in Washington, DC, Charles Ressin, Chief of the Penalties Branch, Regulations & Rulings at the CBP's Office of International Trade, stated that CBP intends to revise and publish policy concerning Request for Information (CBP Form 28) as beginning of formal investigation for purposes of customs enforcement. Mr. Ressin stated that CBP's issuance of a CBP Form 28 alone does not preclude the importer from filing a prior disclosure unless express notice of investigation is included in the form.