IAM Comments on Proposed New Rule Affecting Expats Moving to the USA

The president of the International Association of Movers (IAM), Charles White, recently submitted comments on the Customs and Border Protection Bureau regarding the Proposed Rule: Customs Broker Verification of an Importers’ Identity.

The proposed rule requires importers to provide additional information to U.S. customs brokers with the purposes of verification of the importer’s identity. The rulemaking requires the following details:

  • Email and business website
  • Business registration details
  • Recent credit report 
  • License with state authorities

In the submitted comments IAM challenges that the proposed elements are not applicable for individuals who don’t own a business and are just importing their used household goods and personal effects into the U.S. 

IAM states that “These requirements are clearly written for companies that import goods into the U.S. but do not recognize that people like our clients import goods as well.”

Expatland is a member of the IAM and we fully support the view that individuals moving their personal possessions to the U.S. should be exempt from these new requirements.