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November 9, 2017


Greetings! Due to the Veteran's Day holiday we're publishing a day early this week.  This week's top news includes more coming attractions for Permits Online, and information about CBP's 2017 East Coast Trade Symposium.


We've been working very hard behind the scenes to make Permits Online, our electronic permitting system, work better for new and experienced users.

We plan to launch a number of improvements later this year. Here's a few changes you'll see after implementation:

Auto-Approval of Certain Amendments

We recognize the importance of having labeling trade name amendments approved in a timely manner. When Permits Online is updated most labeling trade name amendments will be automatically approved.  If the requested trade name passes certain system checks, your trade name amendment will be approved instantly once you hit the submit button.
Also, all mailing address changes will be automatically approved upon submission of your amendment.

OOIs and Personnel Questionnaires

The Owner Officer Information application (OOI) will (again) be called a Personnel Questionnaire or PQ for short. Any OOI applications that you previously submitted in Permits Online will still be labeled as OOIs and retain their original tracking number format. You will be able to associate them with new applications or amendments when you need to.

New "Delete" Function in the Attachments Section

Currently, if you accidently upload the wrong document to your application you don't have the ability to remove it. We're adding a delete function in the attachments area, however, be aware that you'll only be able to delete attachments prior to submitting your application package. Once an application is filed, only TTB will be able to make any changes to it.

Key Contacts

The new version of Permits Online will require that you designate at least one owner or officer of the business as a key contact within the "Signing Authority" section of each new and amended entity application. Each entity must have at least one, but may have multiple key contacts. The purpose of having a key contact is to ensure that there is a person at the TTB-regulated business who has access to all Permits Online applications and records for their company, rather than just the application contact, who may or may not have a long-term relationship with the permitted entity.



Source: Federal Register Volume 82, Number 212 (Friday, November 3, 2017)

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

ACTION: Notice of trade symposium.

SUMMARY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will convene the 2017 East Coast Trade Symposium (ECTS) in Atlanta, GA, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, and Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The 2017 ECTS will feature panel discussions involving agency personnel, members of the trade community, and other government agencies on the agency's role in international trade initiatives and programs. Members of the international trade and transportation communities and other interested parties are encouraged to attend.


Location of Symposium: The CBP 2017 ECTS will be held at the Marriott Marquis at 265 Peachtree Center Ave., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Registration Address: All registrations must be made online at the CBP Web site (http://www.cbp.gov/trade/stakeholder-engagement/trade-symposium) and will be confirmed with payment by credit card only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Trade Relations at (202) 344-1440, or at tradeevents@dhs.gov. To obtain the latest information on the Trade Symposium and to register online, visit the CBP Web site at http://www.cbp.gov/trade/stakeholder-engagement/trade-symposium.


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