The purpose of this message is to announce the implementation of the Broker-Known Importer
Program (BKIP). Through the BKIP, licensed customs brokers would alert CBP that the importer on an entry is known to the customs broker and that the customs broker has advised the importer of their compliance responsibilities pertaining to customs regulations. BKIP would create a framework whereby customs brokers could discuss with their importer clients in greater depth the importer’s trade activities in the context of import regulations. These conversations may increase the importer’s compliance understanding and enhance the communication between broker and client. With the BKIP indicator factoring into CBP’s cargo risk segmentation, the importer may also benefit from improved cargo targeting by CBP at the time of arrival. In summary, BKIP offers an additional avenue for CBP to collaborate with the trade to enhance the sharing of trade intelligence.
Automated Commercial Environment functionality for the transmission of the BKIP indicator has been deployed, thus allowing licensed customs brokers the ability to transmit a Known Importer indicator when filing an entry on behalf of a Known Importer client.
Further questions regarding the implementation of the Broker-Known Importer Program may be directed to the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America at BKIP@NCBFAA.org or to CBP at firstname.lastname@example.org.