Statistics on Foreign Textile Factory Visits by CBP in FY 2010
U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently reported to the American Apparel and Footwear Association statistics on the foreign factory visits conducted by CBP’s textile production verification teams in fiscal year 2010. Highlights of these statistics include the following.
• Of the 165 factories CBP visited in nine countries in Africa and Central America for illegal transshipment verifications, 16 were closed and 20 were deemed high-risk. None of the factories visited refused to admit CBP inspectors or produce requested documents, and no evidence of transshipment was found at any of them.
• Thirty factories were visited for trade preference verifications under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. None were found to be in violation of AGOA, two were closed and five had insufficient documents to support AGOA claims.
• CBP inspected 78 factories for DR-CAFTA compliance. Thirteen were closed, five were deemed to be in violation of DR-CAFTA and 20 had insufficient documents to support DR-CAFTA claims.
CBP notes that shipments from closed or high-risk factories (those unable to provide production records to satisfy CBP as to the origin of the merchandise) will be scrutinized and validated at U.S. ports of entry. In addition, shipments from non-compliant factories claiming AGOA or DR-CAFTA preferences will be verified for eligibility.