Broker Known Importer Program (BKIP)
The Broker-Known Importer Program is an NCBFAA initiative accepted by CBP. BKIP is focused on the unique relationship between a customs broker and importer clients. This program allows a customs broker to inform CBP that the importer on an entry is known to the customs broker and that the customs broker has advised the importer of their compliance responsibilities pertaining to the customs regulations. CBP can consider this relationship when conducting cargo risk segmentation.
The BKIP institutes a process whereby licensed customs brokers can voluntarily indicate on an entry-by-entry basis that the importer is known to them. This referral gives CBP information about importers that is used by CBP for cargo risk segmentation. This indicator informs CBP that the importer is aware of the customs regulations applicable to importers even though they may not have chosen to participate in other Trusted Trader programs. ACE functionality for the transmission of the BKIP indicator was deployed in January, 2015 which allows brokers to flag known importer participants at entry.
Participation in BKIP brings value to all parties involved. It creates a framework and discipline where brokers and clients talk about their import programs in the context of import regulations. These conversations increase the importer’s compliance understanding and enhance the communication between broker and client. This interaction between the importer and the broker enhances entry accuracy and leads to the discovery of additional business opportunities for the broker. Importers also benefit from the knowledge and the strengthened relationship with their broker. With the BKIP indicator factoring into CBP’s cargo risk segmentation, the importer also benefits from improved cargo targeting by CBP at the time of arrival. CBP benefits by obtaining additional information about the importer from a trusted source.
BKIP was designed to be easily implemented by brokers.
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