New in-bond procedures slow trade in Miami
U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection officials in southern Florida have promised to re-evaluate their process for implementing stricter data requirements for in-bond cargo that went into effect Oct. 20 in the wake of complaints by truckers and brokers that they are experiencing serious delays in moving goods.
Customs issued a directive in August mandating more complete information from importers as part of the agency's overall security effort to use shipping information to target high-risk containers for closer inspection.
Customs brokers say in-bond shipments are being delayed at Miami International Airport and the Port of Miami. A large protest by truckers was called off after Customs officials agreed to meet with brokers and truckers to hear their concerns about the clearance process.