Check applicable Web sites to verify the POA grantor’s business and registration with State authorities.
If the principal uses a trade or fictitious name in doing business, confirm that the name appears on the POA.
Verify that the importer’s name, importer number and Employer Identification Number (also known as the Federal Tax Identification Number) on the POA match what is in ACS. See the Bureau of Industry and Security's Export Enforcement page.
PWS, as a licensed customs broker is required to have a valid Customs Power of Attorney on file prior to transacting any Customs business on the behalf of the Importer of Record (19CFR 141.46).
This instrument allows PWS or any broker to ONLY transact Customs business.
The power of attorney must indicate the following: Importers should be aware – If you are the Importer of Record, payment to the broker will not relieve you of the liability for Customs charges, duties, taxes, or other debts owed Customs in the event that these charges are not paid by the broker; therefore, Customs charges may be paid with a separate check payable to "US Customs and Border Protection" which shall be delivered to Customs by the Broker." It is important for importers to carefully choose their Customs Broker as the Importer of Record is ultimately responsible for the accuracy of any entries filed under their name, whether or not the Importer utilizes the services of a Broker.
PWS has extensive training and compliance programs in place to ensure accuracy and visibility into our performance.
8 September 2009 Validating the Power of Attorney [US] Due to an increase in identity theft and Immigration and Customs Enforcement focusing on such abuse of identity theft, the Broker Compliance Branch (BCB) communicated to the brokerage community on May 9, 2005, via the CBP website suggested steps a broker may follow when validating a power of attorney (POA).
By ensuring that each POA is valid, the broker joins U. Customs and Border Protection on the national security frontlines in verifying the data used to screen what enters this country.
In addition to security, the broker’s own professional business interests and continuing obligation to demonstrate “reasonable care” require verification of the POA grantor’s identity and legal authority (position in a company or partnership) to enter into a POA.
Here are some ways the broker can validate a Power of Attorney: To the greatest extent possible, have POAs completed in person so the grantor’s personal identification (driver’s license, passport, etc.) can be reviewed.
Custom Brokerage Here are instructions to properly complete the Customs Power of Attorney.
The instructions are numbered as per the numbered blanks on the form.
If you have any question, please feel free to contact us.