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CBP Releases Data on Textile and Apparel Enforcement in 2011

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted to its Web site the following statistics on its textile and apparel enforcement efforts in 2011. CBP states that these statistics reflects its “assertive” approach in this area, which focuses on transshipment, evasion, and improper/misleading country of origin marking.

• There were no quota seizures in 2011.

• The value of intellectual property seizures steadily declined throughout the year, from $4.66 million in the first quarter to $2.45 million in the fourth quarter. The number of seizures totaled 7,711 and ranged from 1,166 in the third quarter to 3,477 in the second quarter.

• There were a total of 48 commercial fraud penalties totaling $27.32 million, with a quarterly high of 19 penalties for $20.1 million in the third quarter.

• Total liquidated damages claims associated with textiles numbered 746, the vast majority of which were related to entry.

• CBP visited a total of 165 factories in nine countries to investigate concerns about illegal transshipment and trade preference claims. The percentage of discrepant factories averaged out to 22% for the former and 27% for the latter.

• A total of 10,444 examinations were conducted during the year, with an average 13% discrepant rate.

• CBP initiated 36 audits and completed 40 in 2011. Recommended recoveries totaled $6.5 million, more than half of which originated in the first quarter.

• Of the 1,363 samples tested in CBP labs, 654 (48%) were found to be discrepant.

• Eight special enforcement operations were initiated, all in the first half of the year, and seven were completed.

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