For those of you who utilize bonded facilities and/or foreign-trade zones (i.e., subzones or usage driven sites), or are contemplating doing so, the attached document may be helpful. As you will see, earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection updated the security guidelines applicable to bonded facilities and foreign-trade zones.
The update is meant to replace the prior guidance on this topic, which was found in a Treasury decision from 1972 (T.D. 72-56). Those utilizing bonded facilities and/or foreign trade zones should familiarize yourself with the attached, so you do not run into any surprises with CBP. The updated guidance will look familiar to C-TPAT members, as much of the updated guidance appears to be borrowed from that program.
Since the updated guidance does not appear to be available on-line, we thought it was worth circulating. We hope you find this helpful.