Importers Beware: US Customs In Enforcement Mode

By Laura Siegel Rabinowitz, Kelley Drye and Warren LLP (November 21, 2016, 10:42 AM EST) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is upping its enforcement. Enhanced enforcement is in fact mandated by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 ("Trade Act"), which requires Customs to increase its trade prosecution. On top of its legislative mandate, the Trump administration will also likely focus on the enforcement of trade regulations.

As a result of the Trade Act, Customs has recently been sending out letters to large importers advising them to do internal compliance reviews and monitor their reported entry data and advising them of their responsibility to "exercise reasonable care" with relevant laws and regulations. The letters...

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