Regulatory changes related to border enforcement were signed into law in February of this year under the TFTEA (Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act). All indications are that enforcement at the U.S. border is on the rise already, and this trend is likely to continue.
In particular, goods that are subject to the following requirements will be targeted for greater scrutiny and will be more likely to face detentions, seizures and penalties for non-compliance:
- Anti-dumping requirements
- Licensing, copyright, trademark and patent requirements
- Child labour law requirements
Importers are obliged to know the requirements for bringing goods into the U.S. Make sure your company is aware of whether the goods you import are subject to any of the above requirements, and pay extra attention to the paperwork and documentation associated with your business in these areas.
Importers may occasionally receive a Request for Information form – or “CF 28” – which is used by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to request details about transactions. Many times, these forms point out a potential error or omission that can be corrected by the importer without penalty by completing a timely "prior disclosure."
Continue to Chapter 3: Importing into the U.S. here.
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Information provided by: U.S. Customs Consulting Dept. - Cole International