The U.S. Senate is expected as soon as February 10 to begin considering a negotiated compromise bill to reauthorize the trade facilitation and enforcement functions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Among other provisions that support lawful trade, the bill authorizes completion of the “single window” trade documentation submission system and facilitates cooperation between CBP and trademark holders to prevent importation of counterfeit products. The compromise also contains new authorities for CBP to work with interagency counterparts to prevent entry of imports that would circumvent U.S. anti-dumping or countervailing duty laws.
The conference report for H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, was negotiated in late 2015 and approved by the House of Representatives on December 11.
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