What is the Customs Training Enhancement Act?

Introduced last week by US Representative Dan Lipinski (D-IL), the Customs Training Enhancement Act will, if enacted, facilitate the sharing of information between the private sector and US Customs with the goal of reducing the importation into the US of foreign goods in ways that bypass duty collection.

According to Lipinski, the bill is modeled after a well-established program in which US steel industry representatives “have taught Customs agents how to spot products that have been deliberately mislabeled”, misclassified or undervalued in an attempt to avoid paying duties.

The US Government Accountability Office estimates that since 2001, the US  has been shorted by $600 million in duties, and that “90 percent of all transshipped or mislabeled items originated in China.”

See Rep. Lipinski’s press release.

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