U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has launched a new website to keep the trade apprised of its authorities and efforts under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA) of 2015, which President Obama signed into law earlier this year. The TFTEA included significant new provisions strengthening CBP’s authority to combat trade remedy evasion, enforce intellectual property rights at the border, and ensure that all importers correctly declare their merchandise.
The new website includes a fact-sheet describing the major goals of the legislation, as well as links to implementation updates, summaries of meetings of the Customs Operations Advisory Committee discussing implementation of the TFTEA, and relevant remarks from agency officials.
TFTEA’s passage signaled a retrenchment of governmental interest in the vigorous enforcement of U.S. trade and importation laws, to ensure that all importers are competing on a fair playing field – both with one another and with their U.S.-based competition. At the same time, the law also offered provisions meant to streamline the importation process, such as an increase in the “de minimis” value for duty assessment.
CBP has not sat on its new authority, instead taking action to develop new regulations to process complaints regarding antidumping and countervailing duty evasion.