The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking the input of key industry stakeholders as it establishes a Consumer Products and Mass Merchandising (CPMM) Center of Excellence and Expertise (CEE) next year.

Toys, sporting goods, and festive articles fall under the CPMM Center. The online survey is open to all consumer products and mass-merchandising firms interested in confidentially sharing their experiences with, and recommendations on, CBP and other government agencies involved in importation.

The CPMM CEE will be among nine centers specifically tailored to the needs of various industries. The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is among a group of associations that have been working with CBP to solicit industry input that will help develop the CPMM CEE. The confidential online survey should be completed by July 23.

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