CBP proposes a new rule to formalize the process used by Customs Brokers of verifying the identity of their clients, specifically importers and nonresident importers. CBP believes the broker is uniquely situated to collect the information necessary to authenticate an importer’s identity at the time a Power of Attorney is obtained. The purpose of placing a verification burden on brokers is to ensure that importers are conducting legitimate trade transactions. The Federal Register Notice announcing the proposed rule clearly states brokers are subject to hefty monetary penalty for failure to collect the required information. If you have comments or concerns, now is the time to speak up! Brokers, importers, and the general public, have until October 15 to submit comments on the proposed rule.