CBP Regulations : Prohibitions, Restrictions and Other Agency Requirements for U.S. Importers
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been entrusted by the U.S. Government to enforce laws on 40 different government agencies, including, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These government agencies do not allow items that are unsafe or unhealthy to enter the United States. CBP officers who are deployed on the ports of entry are responsible to protect America and its citizens from all threats.
The products that CBP prevents from entering the United States are those that pose a threat to heath and safety, for instance, products that can injure community health, American workers, children, domestic plant and animal life, or even public safety as a whole or products that defeat U.S. national interests.
The importation of certain merchandise may be restricted or completely prohibited by the CBP regulations to protect the economy and security of the United States/ The goal is to safeguard consumer health and their well-being, and to preserve domestic plant and animal life. There are also some commodities that are either subject to import quota or are restrained under bilateral trade agreements.
Many of these restrictions and prohibitions on imports are subject to the laws and regulations, created and administered by United States government agencies that work together with CBP to enforce them. These laws can, prohibit entry of certain commodities or limit their entry on certain ports; the laws can also restrict routing, storage, or use of certain commodities; or may require further labeling, or processing before they release it to the importer. CBP gives clearance when all additional requirements are fully met by the importer, whether they are made by mail and are placed in foreign trade zones.
Prohibited item means that the item is not allowed or is forbidden by law to enter the United States. For instance, dangerous toys are on the list of prohibited items; also cars that do not protect the passengers or lack safety measures to protect their occupants in a crash; bush meat or illegal substances like Rohypnol or absinthe. Restricted items are those items that require special licenses or permits from the federal agency before the item enters the United States. Examples of restricted items may include certain animal products and by products, fruits and vegetables, as well as firearms.
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