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Foreign Textile and Apparel Factory Visits Find Few Violations, CBP Says

Friday, February 26, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

[Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the Feb. 25 issue of the Advisor, a weekly publication of the STR-TAP service. Click here for more information or to subscribe.]

U.S. Customs and Border Protection routinely sends groups of investigators to various textile and apparel exporting countries to review company records and operations to determine if illegal transshipment or improper shipping under trade preference programs or free trade agreements is occurring. These textile production verification teams were previously referred to as “jump teams.”

CBP has made available the following summary of results of TPVT visits conducted during fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015). As is customary, CBP indicates that goods that are claimed to have been made in closed or high-risk factories (unable to provide production records to satisfy CBP of the origin of the merchandise) will be scrutinized and validated by CBP at ports of entry. In addition, shipments from noncompliant factories claiming preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act or the free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, the Dominican Republic or the Central American countries will be verified for eligibility. CBP does not disclose the identities of the firms visited.

Illegal Transshipment Verifications

Country Visited and Date

No. of

Factories

Visited

No. of

Factories

Closed

No. of Factories w/Evidence of Transshipment

No. of Factories Refused Admission / Documents

No. of Factories High Risk

Honduras – 05/15

21

1

0

0

0

Korea – 06/15

14

0

0

0

0

El Salvador – 06/15

11

5

0

0

0

Colombia – 06/15

10

0

0

0

0

DR – 06/15

8

0

0

0

3

Ethiopia – 08/15

13

1

0

0

0

Lesotho – 09/15

17

1

0

0

0

Mauritius – 09/15

8

0

0

0

0

Guatemala – 09/15

14

0

0

0

0

Madagascar – 09/15

7

0

0

0

0

                                                                                                                   

Verifications under FTAs or Preference Programs



Country Visited

and Date

No. of Factories Compliant

No. of Factories Violating Program

No. of Factories w/Insufficient Documents to Support Program Claims

Honduras – 05/15

13

0

5

Korea – 06/15

14

0

0

El Salvador – 06/15

5

0

6

Colombia – 06/15

8

0

2

DR – 06/15

3

2

3

Ethiopia – 08/15

10

0

3

Lesotho – 09/15

9

0

7

Mauritius – 09/15

8

0

0

Guatemala – 09/15

9

3

2

Madagascar – 09/15

6

0

1

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