Toy Industry Input Needed for New CBP Center on Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising

July 10, 2012 | The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is seeking the input of key industry stakeholders in its preparation to establish a Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising (CPMM) Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) in 2013. Answers to a brief, confidential online survey will help guide the agency on how to best set up the CPMM CEE; responses are required by COB Monday, July 23rd.

Toys, sporting goods and festive articles are among the products identified by the CBP that fall under the CPMM Center, which also includes soaps, cosmetics, luggage, handbags, household items, tableware, jewelry, watches, musical instruments, furniture, mattresses, arms, optical and photography equipment, and art and antiques, as well as general retailers. The online survey is open to all consumer products and mass merchandising firms interested in confidentially sharing their experiences and recommendations on CBP and other government agencies involved in importation.

The CPMM CEE will be among nine centers specifically tailored to the needs of various industries – two of which have already been established for pharmaceuticals and electronics – that will be in operation by the end of 2013. As part of the CBP’s expanded focus on “Trade in the 21st century” to align customs procedures with modern business, the goal of the Centers is to aid the CBP in increasing uniformity of practices across ports of entry, facilitate the timely resolution of trade compliance issues nationwide, and further strengthen agency knowledge on key industry practices. 

The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is among a group of associations that have been working with CBP to solicit industry input that will help develop the CPMM CEE. TIA encourages companies across the spectrum, even those that expect to be included in another CEE, to participate in the survey.