The Customs Business Fairness Act [HR 4816] protects a customs broker who has collected government revenue and passed that through to the government from liability to revert those fees to the court in a bankruptcy filing. Contact your representative to ask them to extend The Customs Business Fairness Act, originally passed in late 2020.
HR 4816 requests a technical change in the bankruptcy laws to protect customs brokers who have paid duties to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on behalf of importers that subsequently file for bankruptcy. FCBF seeks “subrogation” rights for customs brokers who have received money or paid duties to the U.S. government on behalf of a bankrupt importer. If a customs broker could be subrogated to the priority rights of CBP, any payments from the importer to CBP via the customs broker during the 90-day period would likewise no longer be subject to a preference payment recovery action
Reps. John Rutherford (R-FL) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) are already co-sponsors of HR 4816, but there are still more lawmakers in your state who should be made aware of this important customs broker legislation and encouraged to co-sponsor CBFA as soon as possible. See the complete list of HR 4816 co-sponsors here.
Contacting Your Representative
To contact your elected Representative in Congress, visit the United States House of Representatives website and enter your home zip code. After searching, the page will display information about your Congressional district, including your current Representative. Use the mail icon’s below your Representative’s photo to visit their contact page and send them an electronic message.
In addition to electronic communications or letters sent directly to a Representative’s office, your letter can be mailed to the following generic House of Representatives address, and it will be relayed to that Representative.
The Honorable (Name)
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
For a complete list of House of Representative offices and phone numbers, visit the Directory of US Representatives here.
Contacting Your Senator
To contact your US Senator, visit the United States Senate website. It is currently selected for Florida, however, if you are in another state simply choose your state from the dropdown menu. After making your selection, the page will automatically display information about the US Senators representing you. You will find both an online contact form and the office address of your senators listed.
In addition to electronic communications or letters sent directly to a Senator’s office, your letter can be mailed to the following generic Senate address, and it will be relayed to that Senator.
The Honorable (Name)
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Finally, a complete list of Senate telephone numbers is available here if you would like to speak with your Senator directly.