U.S. to Open Trade Fraud Center in Puerto Rico
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have signed an agreement to form the San Juan Trade Enforcement Coordination Center, which will identify, inspect, and investigate foreign trade suspected of being fraudulently introduced into Puerto Rico. Marcelino Borges, CBP director of field operations in San Juan, said this agreement “better positions us to fight against fraudulent trade practices and get back stolen duties owed to the government.”
The TECC agreement provides for increased communication and information sharing about foreign imports and commercial fraud investigations. The San Juan TECC will initially focus on identifying violations in the areas of misclassification, undervaluation, free trade zone fraud, free trade agreement fraud, transshipment, trade-based money laundering, and broker compliance. Both criminal and civil violations will be pursued.