Congress took an important step toward strengthening U.S. trade law enforcement by moving forward a conference report on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644), which includes the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion (ENFORCE) Act.

ENFORCE addresses the serious and growing problem of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duties. The Act would set up a new system for evasion investigations by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, after allegations by affected industries. The evasion investigations would include set timeframes and allow for judicial review, two priorities of domestic industries that use the AD and CVD laws.

House and Senate votes on the measure are expected as early as this week. The National Association of Manufacturers and the American Iron and Steel Institute have strongly endorsed the new legislation. The new legislation is found here: bill; along with a summary and a Joint Explanatory Statement of the Committee of the Conference.