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U.S. Customs and Border Protection saw a decline in many measures of its efforts to enforce trade laws and regulations governing textiles in the third quarter of 2020, according to recently-released statistics.
For more information on trade-related issues affecting textiles and apparel, please contact Elise Shibles at (415) 490-1403.
Textile and apparel goods have some of the highest import duty rates in the U.S. and may also be subject to Section 301 additional tariffs if imported from China. Schemes designed to circumvent these tariffs include false invoicing, false marking and labeling, false claims of origin, illegal transshipment, misdescription, undervaluation, false declarations of the right to make entry, false trade preference claims, and smuggling.
Textile and apparel goods are thus a top priority for CBP enforcement efforts. The chart below highlights trends in these efforts over the past year.
Section 301 duties collected
% factories discrepant
Non-IPR seizure number
Non-IPR seizure value
IPR seizure number
IPR seizure value
Commercial fraud penalties
Commercial fraud penalty value
Liquidated damages claims
% cargo shipments discrepant
Recommended/accepted audit recoveries
Lab samples tested
% samples discrepant
Special enforcement operations initiated
Special enforcement operations completed
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