Given the impact that incorrect information on file with CBP can have, it is important that brokers and principals be aware of the options available to them. One such option is the “Freeze Program,” which CBP has had in effect for many years, which could help the principal control the information CBP has on file. By filing a letter with CBP, a principal can specify to CBP, the individuals authorized to make changes to the name and address information on file. The filing of this letter does not change anything else with CBP as the letter will only freeze the CBP Importer number to ensure no person, other than the individuals listed on the letter, can make changes to the name and/or address on file. It is also important for participants in this program to periodically review the individuals listed on the letter who have this authority. If the individuals on the letter must be updated or amended, a new letter can be filed with CBP.
Our office has filed many of these letters with CBP for our clients and we are very familiar with the process. If you would like our office to help freeze a CBP Importer Number, please contact our office.