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US importers have to delegate responsibilities

US importers have to delegate responsibilities on their way to complying to the Customs Modernization Act of 2010. Non-compliance exposes responsible people to legal liabilities. On top of civil penalties in section 592,  section 542 criminal penalties (up to 2 years imprisonment and a 5000 USD fine for each violation) apply to those presenting false information to customs officers.US importers have to delegate responsibilities




As US importers have to delegate responsibilities, this “modernized” text could have a number of sizeable impacts such as:

  • legal obligations of importers’ site at the port or airport of importation
  • responsibilities delegated to departments (possibly with heads of departments as delegatees)
  • obligation to have a living program for compliance documented with  written manuals making it for all practical purposes a management system
  • fullfiling this obligation puts emphasis on  information coming from computerized systems and their reliability if this information could be presented to customs officers. Extra care in validating application software and in assuring user proficiency in using systems can be expected. In case of delegation of authority for making updates to information, access to features of computerized systems will need to be controlled accordingly.
  • need for automation of internal controls to assure compliance

Systems thinking : how to see circles of influence rather than straignt lines

What is it?

Systems Thinking is a discipline for seeing the underlying structure of a system and understanding its dynamic complexities. This discipline has its own language based on three building blocks:

  • Reinforcing feedback: when a small change builds on itself
  • Balancing feedback: when a system is seeking status quo on a certain goal
  • Delays: when things happen eventually

The building blocks are meant to help us see the reality systematically: see circles of influence rather than straight lines; as well as discerning high from low leverage changes.

Systems Thinking within PDCAply

Using a systematic way of thinking enables us to assess and understand client contexts in their human, organisational and technical dimensions. Only after identifying the main circles of influence specific to a client and his environment can we do our best at providing an adequate and relevant solution.

Regulatory compliance and voluntary measures often entail change in business practices. Our consulting services use Systems Thinking to manage change of the management system (PDCAtune) and of the information system (PDCAdapt).

Continuity in compliance