The Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (CSUSTL) today submitted a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means expressing its support for enhanced enforcement provisions in the two Customs Reauthorization bills introduced in the 112th Congress: the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2012 (H.R. 6642) and the Customs Enhanced Enforcement and Trade Facilitation Act of 2012 (H.R. 6656). CSUSTL commended the Committee for its inclusion of provisions in the bills that provide for a petitioning process for the pursuit of suspected duty evasion and fraud, as well as provisions requiring Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to collect additional information and levy financial requirements on resident agents of non-resident importers of record. Because the Customs Reauthorization bills include an expansion of CBP’s authority, CSUSTL further urged the Committee to ensure that it did not neglect to simultaneously bolster CBP’s ability to carry out its enforcement duties.
To read the full text of CSUSTL’s letter to the House Ways & Means Committee, click here.